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How did you get your start doing instructional designer work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?


CD RMA in Pleasanton, CA

147 months ago

You can start off by becoming a subject matter expert and then become a business unit trainer, or do editing work to get in the door. I started out the SME route, but as I have moved into new indursties with in the company I have started off doing editing work. I have also seen people who were meeting planners, faclitators, or production work (coping trainig materials - production assitant or training corrdiantor or training program manager) for a corporation and move from there.


ID in Washington State in Bothell, Washington

140 months ago

I have a Master's Degree in Instructional Technologies (Training Design and Development), and most of the positions I've been hired for (I'm a consultant now, after a few years as an employee ID) I get rely on that academic training. To get your foot in the door directly to an ID job, you really do need work experience in the field, as well. To start, in grad school I had a year-long paid internship with a training and development consulting firm, and that made it quite easy to get picked up by my choice of employers.


Colleen in San Diego, California

139 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing instructional designer work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

I started as a technical trainer. I was recognized for having the ability to instruct. My undergraduate degree is a BS in Education. I now have a Master's in Educational Technology from San Diego State University.

If you are looking for organizations, join ASTD and/or ISPI.


Carolyn Russo in Bloomfield, New Jersey

139 months ago

One of my clients is looking for a technical trainer are there any job boards just geared towards technical trainers?

Thank you

Carolyn Russo


Craig in Alexandria, Virginia

134 months ago

I started managing a small association's training department and doing the occasional instructor-led training myself. This led to my reworking the training and maintaining training materials. After some time, i was asked to create some web-based training. This took me some time to get into, as I had a trial-by-fire in learning content creation and serving that content via the Internet (not to mention dealing with out-of-country SMEs, budgeting constraints, artists, narrators, and -- not least -- the science of instructional design.

After finishing my first few courses, I realized that I should really go back to school. I went back to get my masters degree in Instructional Design and never looked back. After getting out of my masters program (, i found it relatively easy to find fulfilling employment in the Washington DC metro area.


Lena in Midland, Michigan

130 months ago

I work as Learning & Development analyst in IT department and have to design Computer Based Training for global audience. I am new to the field. Can you give recommedations on software that helps to design CBT training. I have been using Camtasia, but it has poor testing capabilities. Please share with me your online resources that can help learn to design CBT. I am also lookiing to networking with people who design online training related to IT for global audience.


Carolyn Russo in Fairfield, New Jersey

129 months ago


Hi, I apologize that I have not responded sooner. I am a technical recruiter and unfortunately I honestly don't have too many recommendations for you. I would try and find some user groups for CBT.

I am sorry I am not able to help you more.



124 months ago

trying using authorware or taking the first two levels of authorware at an art institute school in your area. this is where u will pick up the training and skill the fastest.


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