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January 12, 2023

Would I make a good Instructional Designer?

Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
Would I make a good Instructional Designer?
Show Notes

Here’s what to expect from this episode:

What makes an excellent instructional designer? While it’s essential to understand what instructional design is, it’s another thing to know if it’s right for you. Making a career change is a big decision you can’t take lightly.

You want to be sure you’re choosing a new career you’ll enjoy and succeed in. In this episode, we’ll explore the eight characteristics of a good instructional designer, so you can feel confident knowing you’re on the right path.

Topics Covered:

  • The non-negotiable characteristic of a successful instructional designer
  • The designers’ role in problem-solving
  • The importance of being naturally curious
  • Having the desire to help others 
  • The two must-have skills of all designers
  • Responding to feedback
  • Working on a team
  • The surprising skill designers DON’T need

This episode will give you something to think about as you embark on this new chapter of your life. Make sure to hit that ‘subscribe’ button to be notified of new releases every week! If you’re ready to start, visit our website for additional resources and information on our FREE five-day workshops on the roadmap for getting into instructional design.

Mentioned Resources:

Instructional Story Design by Rance Greene

Portfolio Examples

Non-Designer’s Design Book by Robin Williams

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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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