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January 24, 2023

Full-Time vs. Contract Instructional Design Work

Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
Full-Time vs. Contract Instructional Design Work
Show Notes

Here’s what to expect from this episode:

What’s the difference between full-time and contract work in corporate instructional design? Many people don’t realize the variety of opportunities available in the field of corporate ID, or that it’s not a requirement to work 40 hours a week if you don’t want to. A huge advantage of being a corporate instructional designer is the ability to choose the type of work that matches your career goals and lifestyle.

In this episode, we’re exploring full-time vs. contract work in corporate instructional design. We’ll delve into the benefits and drawbacks of each, so you can gain clarity on which type of employment will provide the work-life balance you’re searching for.

Topics Covered:

  • What a full-time job in corporate ID looks like and work-life balance
  • The benefits, flexibility, and potential for layoffs as a full-time corporate ID
  • What a contract position looks like and the two ways to find contracts
  • The differences between W-2 and 1099 contracts and the benefits of each
  • Determining the type of corporate work that’s best for you

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Thinking about becoming an Instructional Designer (ID) but have no idea how to get started? Instructional Design is a field that is high in demand, very flexible, highly lucrative, and provides you with a great work-life balance (say bye to being overworked and underpaid)! 

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Each week she brings real talk, advice and inspiration, and interviews to help budding IDs stand out from the crowd and get that first job. Whether you are trying to figure out if Instructional Design is right for you or you are ready to create a portfolio and rework your resume, you are in the right place to jumpstart your Instructional Design career.

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Thinking about a career in Corporate Instructional Design but have no idea how to get started? Wondering if it’s right for you? Trying to figure out how to stand out from the crowd and actually land your ID job? If any of these questions were a “YES”, and you want to get the REAL DEAL from someone with 20 years of Corporate ID experience, check out and subscribe to our podcast below!

Meet the Host

Jill Davidian

Jill is a 20 year veteran in the Instructional Design space, working as an ID/eLearning Developer and hiring them. She is the founder of Learning Strategy and Design, a custom learning solutions firm that designs learning for corporate clients, and she has helped over 500 aspiring Instructional Designers stand out and transition into the field through her 9-month ID career development program, Applied Instructional Design Academy.

She has her ear to the ground on what hiring managers are looking for and her passion is helping YOU create FREEDOM through this field.

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