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January 12, 2023

The 5-Year Plan That Changed Everything: Jill’s Story

Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
The 5-Year Plan That Changed Everything: Jill’s Story
Show Notes

Here’s what to expect from this episode:

Is transitioning into an Instructional Designer career the right path for you? Are you feeling stuck in your career? Maybe your job is stressful, keeping you in a paycheck-to-paycheck cycle or affecting your time with your family. Whatever the case, you’re ultimately searching for financial freedom, time freedom, or freedom to live a life you love. Transitioning careers is hard, and I’m not just here to help you become an instructional designer. I’m here to help you build a life you love that isn’t killing you in the process.

Having the knowledge and skills to become a corporate instructional designer means nothing if you can’t put them into practice. This episode will give you a background and insight into who I am and leave you feeling inspired to find your ‘why’ and motivated to achieve that goal of freedom.

Topics Covered:

  • My background and how I discovered instructional design
  • My experience transitioning from higher ed to corporate
  • How I went from being laid off to doing contract work
  • Deciding to start my business
  • How I created a life of freedom
  • Finding my passion in teaching instructional design
  • The importance of finding your ‘why’

I want you to be able to design your life, not have work define your life. Where do you see yourself in the next five years, and how can you declare that? How can you make the declaration that it IS going to happen? It all starts with taking a leap of faith.

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More about Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career Podcast

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)!

Join Jill Davidian, 21-year corporate Instructional Design veteran and host of Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career! Jill has worked in many different industries, including finance, health care, oil and gas, manufacturing, and even with the United Nations. She has helped over 500 new Instructional Designers launch their ID careers with corporate giants like Google and Amazon as well as smaller companies.

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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About the Show

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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