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February 14, 2023

Software Programs You Need to Learn to Get an ID Job

Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
Software Programs You Need to Learn to Get an ID Job
Show Notes

Here’s what to expect from this episode:

Job postings for corporate ID positions often include a laundry list of tools and software. As someone new to the field, it’s hard to know which programs are essential. Reading the job descriptions can be overwhelming, and you may think you’ll never be able to learn all of these programs. The good news is you don’t have to!

In this episode, I’m going over the software programs you must learn to be hired as a corporate instructional designer or eLearning developer. I’ll explain why job descriptions are often inaccurate, which tools are the most important to learn, and the supplementary programs that can make you more marketable. 

Topics Covered:

  • How to read job descriptions and determine what’s relevant 
  • The two eLearning authoring tools you must learn as a corporate ID
  •  The authoring tools you don’t need to know and why grad schools still teach these programs
  • The video and graphics tools that will increase your marketability 

Now that you know which programs to focus on, are you ready to start learning? If you have any questions, join me in our Facebook group, and let’s discuss.

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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!

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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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