Starting out in the industry
So you want to get into learning, eLearning, digital learning, instructional design, or all of the above?
Where do you start? That’s a great question! Keep reading . . .
Here, we will run through some things you can consider, and start acting on straight away so you’ll be on the path to becoming a learning ninja.
Create an online presence
This could be a website, a blog, a portfolio or all of the above. You will need a central spot to showcase your brilliance, your creativity, and your initiative.
We created this webinar to demonstrate some ways you can create an online presence, for free.
Getting your own domain name is extra cool, and demonstrates that you are familiar with the server side technology like DNS, which can add extra credibility to you experience.
Create some content
If you don’t have access to eLearning authoring tools, you could use existing tools in your toolkit (like PowerPoint) to create some mockups of eLearning courses, and include these in your online presence. If you need an extra hand learning how to use the tools, you can start here to learn how to use Adobe Captivate. If you need inspiration on topics or subject matter, take a look at your own interests and create content about stuff you know about. Could be a personal hobby such as cooking or a general interest topic such as space and the universe.
Gain some experience
Apply to Learning consultancy companies for work experience, as though you’d be applying for a real job. The reason we suggest this, is that these companies are usually more nimble, without the layers of approval to allow unpaid employees seeking experience. They may also have a wider variety of exposure to different clients and different industries.
Even though it is not paid work, a lot of companies want to see the effort and process that the applicant is taking plus obviously potential examples of work. You can also seek feedback on your applications to constantly improve your approach to seeking employment.
Join the communities
We also suggest including a photo in your LinkedIn profile, and updating the LinkedIn profile summary with your aspirations for the next phase in your life.
Ask the internet
If you have questions you want to ask people directly, have a go at asking the question on the internet. You will no doubt be directed back to forums, related sites, blogs etc
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We would love to hear your comments on how you got into the industry or what you found useful in making a start on your journey.