I’m an Instructional Designer and I know I’m not changing the world but…
When I get into conversations with people about work, I’m the first one to say that I actually really enjoy my job. Don’t get me wrong - It can be tough when I have to travel half way across the country for a 9am meeting. But let me explain why when the 4am alarm call goes off, I don’t hit snooze and roll back over.
If you’re like me, you look for variety in your work. Well, Instructional Design takes that to the next level. It’s not really your standard 9am to 5pm office job. We can work on anything from mental health, to global retail shipping systems, to how sewage plants operate. You can image the look on my face when in my first few weeks I was sent off with a pair of wellies in my hand to take a closer look at a few sewage filters in action. Trust me – Instructional Design keeps you on your toes.
While that’s great and all, the real motivation is that no matter what the job, you know that you and the team are actually helping people. Throughout building an e-learning course we also build relationships with our clients – and being a people person that’s something I always enjoy (cliché, I know). Doing this helps us understand what engages and motivates people. In an average client meeting you’ll have conversations about what exactly it is the client needs; the things that need to be put into place to help them save ‘X’ amount of money per year or what will make their employees work more effectively. It can be daunting, yet it’s definitely worth the pressure when meeting after meeting you’re greeted with an ever growing smile. A smile that means you’ve delivered the bespoke learning course that’s made the difference.
We may not be changing the world directly… I’m no nurse, firefighter or aid worker! However, what we do definitely helps. I mean, how many people can say that they’ve replicated the streets of London in an online course to cut the number of road accidents that happen every year? Or that they’ve helped build courses for humanitarian charities to give them the space for learning and development that they need to save lives?
We might not be donning capes and masks, but every little helps, right?