If you’ve ever thought about becoming an instructional designer, you may wonder what a typical day would look like.  Part of the allure of becoming an instructional designer is that there isn’t really a “typical” day.   You might be getting screenshots for a software skills course one day and editing a video for a sales class the next. There is a lot of variety!

Being an instructional designer can be creative, fun, energizing and fulfilling.  It can also involve long hours, difficult SMEs and limited resources.

To illustrate what you might experience in an instructional design role, I’ll put you in the shoes of an ID in a sort of “day in the life” using various examples from my own career. Continue reading “What’s It Like to be an Instructional Designer? A Day In the Life”

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a corporate trainer or training specialist, you may wonder what a typical day would look like.  Part of the allure of becoming a trainer is that there isn’t really a “typical” day.   You might be prepping for a software skills course one day and facilitating a sales class the next. There is a lot of variety!

Being a corporate trainer can be exciting, fun, fulfilling, interesting, influential and inspiring.  It can also involve long hours, sore feet and feeling exhausted.

To illustrate what you might experience in a corporate training position, I’ll put you in the shoes of a trainer in a sort of “day in the life” using various examples from my own career.

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Corporate Training is an exciting and growing field. If you have decided you are interested in becoming a corporate trainer you may be worried about your lack of experience.  It can certainly be intimidating as you begin to look at job postings.  You may even be tempted to give up on pursuing corporate training as a career.  You might be surprised, though, about how much experience you already have and how you can take steps to gain more on your own.

I’ve been in the corporate training field for the past 20+ years for companies big and small.  In this article, I’ll share ideas and resources you can use to build up your own experience.

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E-Learning Development is an exciting and growing field. If you have been thinking about starting a career in e-learning development, you may be worried about your lack of experience.  It can certainly be intimidating as you begin to look at job postings.  You may even be tempted to give up.  Before you do, though, consider that you may have more experience than you think and there are many steps you can take to gain even more.

I’ve been developing e-learning throughout my 20+ year career for companies big and small.  In this article, I’ll share ideas and resources you can use to build up your own experience.

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Instructional Design is an exciting and growing field. If you have decided you are interested in getting into Instructional Design, you may be worried about your lack of experience.  It can certainly be intimidating as you begin to look at job postings.  You may even be tempted to give up on pursuing instructional design as a career.  You might be surprised, though, about how much experience you already have and how you can take steps to gain more on your own.

I’ve been doing instructional design in some capacity for the past 20 years for companies big and small.  In this article, I’ll share ideas and resources you can use to build up your own experience.

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You found an e-learning job you’re interested in and applied.  Now they want to interview you.  How should you prepare?  What kinds of questions are they going to ask?  That’s what this article is all about.

In my over 20 years of experience in corporate training and development, I have been on both sides of the  interview and I know what you are likely facing. Here are ten common questions along with how to answer them.

For more interview advice, be sure to check out my Ultimate Guide to Getting a Learning and Development Job article.

Interviewing for a combo job such as Training Specialist?  Use this guide together with Insider’s Guide to Answering Instructional Design Interview Questions and Insider’s Guide to Answering Corporate Trainer Interview Questions.

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You found a corporate training job you’re interested in and applied.  Now they want to interview you.  How should you prepare?  What kinds of questions are they going to ask?  That’s what this article is all about.

In my over 20 years of experience in corporate training and development, I have been on both sides of the  interview and I know what you are likely facing. Here are ten common questions along with how to answer them.

For more interview advice, be sure to check out my Ultimate Guide to Getting a Learning and Development Job article.

Interviewing for a combo job such as Training Specialist?  Use this guide together with Insider’s Guide to Answering Instructional Design Interview Questions.

Continue reading “Insider’s Guide to Answering Corporate Trainer Interview Questions”

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You found an instructional design job you’re interested in and applied.  Now they want to interview you.  How should you prepare?  What kinds of questions are they going to ask?  That’s what this article is all about.

In my over 20 years of experience in corporate training and development, I have been on both sides of the instructional design interview and I know what you are likely facing. Here are ten common questions along with how to answer them.

For more interview advice, be sure to check out my Ultimate Guide to Getting a Learning and Development Job article.

Interviewing for a combo job such as Training Specialist?  Use this guide together with Insider’s Guide to Answering Corporate Trainer Interview Questions.

Continue reading “Insider’s Guide to Answering Instructional Design Interview Questions”

As a corporate trainer, you always need to be on your toes.  Part of that includes staying informed and working on improving your skills.  Here are five books to help you do just that!

Troubleshooting for Trainers by Sophie Oberstein
Telling Ain’t Training by Harold Stolovitch
Virtual Training Basics by Cindy Huggett
Confessions of a Corporate Trainer by Jonathan Halls
slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte

While not a comprehensive list, I think these books are a great starting point for anyone who wants to build their career as a corporate trainer.

Interested in more info about being a corporate trainer?  Make sure to check out these articles!

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Joining a professional organization can be a very beneficial way to advance your career.  Most professions have at least one and corporate training is no exception.  Here are a few I have been involved with throughout my career that I think are worth checking out.

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