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January 31, 2023

My Thoughts on the Recent Layoffs and How They Affect Instructional Design

Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
My Thoughts on the Recent Layoffs and How They Affect Instructional Design
Show Notes

Here’s what to expect from this episode:

With layoffs being a major headline in the news, you’re probably questioning if now is really the best time to transition into a corporate career. It’s natural to be hesitant about making such a big decision, and especially scary when considering the current state of our economy.

In this episode, I’m sharing my thoughts on the recent layoffs and what this means for those transitioning into corporate ID. I’ll share my experience navigating through the 2008-2009 recession and shed light on this discouraging situation, so you can feel reassured there is no better time than now to start your career in corporate instructional design. 

Topics Covered:

  • Which industry is seeing the most layoffs and why
  • The effects of an economic downturn on different industries and my experience in oil and gas
  • The ability to pivot as a corporate instructional designer
  • The future of our economy
  • The benefits of being a corporate contractor during economic hardship

Without risk, there’s no reward. So are you going to play it safe? Now that I’ve shared my thoughts, I’d love to hear yours. Join our Facebook group, and let’s discuss.

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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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