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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Amp Up Your Career With a New E-Learning Portfolio | Insights - ATD

Ashley Chiasson, instructional designer and consultant insist, "Here’s a bold statement: Being an instructional designer or e-learning developer is pretty much an industry-related crime."

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At least it is if you want to position yourself well within your organization or within your industry market. There are a lot of developers out there competing for the roles you might hope to have (now or in the future). So it’s important to get your work out there, but you need to do so strategically.

An e-learning portfolio is essentially a container meant to house all of your most representative (or best) work. It should provide a visual guide related to what you can do within the industry and technologies that you work within. Additionally, your portfolio should be a representation of the work you would like to continue doing.

Having worked for organizations where there are many internal applicants, many of whom have checked the “more time at organization X” than I, having a portfolio available when I walked into interviews was critical. It gave me a leg up during the interview process, and likely made me a more desirable applicant than those who didn’t come as prepared.

There are many reasons people cite for why they don’t have a portfolio. My response to those reasons: “Thank you for your excuses. Now, suck it up and get it done!” Sure, there are non-disclosure agreements and controlled goods, but at the end of the day, it comes down to making things happen. You are your own destiny, and that phrase holds weight when it comes to building your portfolio. Just get it done.

Source: ATD