The April 2016 UW-Stout College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences survey revealed that 96% of the Instructional Design certificate graduates* who responded to the survey said they are working as instructional designers or in a closely related field.
- 33% indicated the certificate helped them make a career change.
- 88% indicated they are applying what was learned to a current job.
- 35% responded that they are searching for a new job, using the e-portfolio developed as part of the certificate program.
Graduates are employed at community colleges/ universities, in business and industry, Department of Defense, government (state and local), nonprofit/trade associations, educational companies, healthcare, K-12 school districts, retail/wholesale/distribution, insurance, marketing, manufacturing, travel/hospitality, telecommunications, or self-employed.
Job titles range from instructional design consultants, content developers, training and learning associates, developers or coordinators, or as corporate training associates, developers, coordinators, director/ manager of training and learning or compliance, instructional systems designers, content developers, to learning and development analysts.
Tapping Networking Opportunities
Your peers in the UW-Stout Instructional Design (ID) classes can be some of your most valuable job search networking contacts, as well as support system during your job search. This only happens if you develop relationships with other participants in each of your courses and use them effectively.
One past student wrote:
"The peers in my ID courses were my lifeline. We bounced ideas off each other, proofread each other's resumes, cover letters, and ePortfolio artifacts, and generally encouraged each other.
"The night before my interview, one of my peers sent me a summary of our project management course, reminding me why it's so important to be able to stay on budget and on time. The support system is a great added bonus in the UW-Stout program."
As you build your network, don't forget about alumni. "Alumni can be some of your most valuable job search networking contacts, but only if you utilize them effectively." — 5 Steps to Effective Alumni Networking in a Job Search
Additional valuable networking opportunities to hear about job openings and to learn from pros in the field are available via LinkedIn groups. Groups to check out include:
- Instructional Designers — This 15,000 member, active group of professionals shares the passion for helping each other in the instructional design field. Anyone from any level of instructional design experience has the opportunity to ask for assistance from the group.
- E-learning Industry Group — "At E-Learning Industry Group you will find the best collection of eLearning articles, eLearning concepts, eLearning software, and eLearning resources on a daily basis based on the Top eLearning Authors. We are proud to have some of the Top-Notch eLearning Professionals in the eLearning field share their knowledge, wisdom, experience and inspiration."
- Freelance in Instructional Design and E-Learning — "Freelance in Instructional Design and E-Learning industry is a subgroup of Instructional Design and eLearning Professionals' group. Organizations can find more than 8K of people that work as instructional designers and/or as e-Learning professionals."
- Instructional Design and e-Learning Performance Solutions — This is a group for Instructional Design and e-Learning professionals to expand our network of people and ideas.
- The Instructional Design Forum — "The Instructional Design Forum group was created exclusively for Linkedin members who wish to blog about all things Instructional Design. If you are looking for work or know of any contract / full time opportunities, please post your information here! If you would like to suggest resources, websites or other associations related to the Adult Learning profession, tell us about it."
- Learning Development Institute Group — "A professional networking group for designers & developers of learning. Includes instructional designers, multimedia developers, programmers, artists, project managers, resource planners, & more. For professionals who imagine, create & validate learning for in-person and online training and learning."
- Contract Trainer and Instructional Design Professionals — "Are you looking to network with other learning consultants? Do you want to stay up-to-date on the latest training industry news and engage in meaningful discussions about learning and e-learning? Are you thinking of becoming an independent consultant and not sure where to start?"
The interest groups above will connect you with many professionals in the ID field. The following professional organizations will also help you develop your career networking.
Online Learning Consortium - formerly called Sloan-C