My umpteenth career-change question
December 1, 2012 8:53 AM Subscribe
Instructional design: I have some questions about career prospects, the nature of the work, and whether it would be a good fit for me.
In general, I was wondering if you or someone you know is an instructional designer, and if you/they enjoy the work. What qualities are important? Are there ample job opportunities in non-coastal cities? Is it common to go freelance? And finally (this is my special quirk) would it be frowned upon to request or provide my own standing desk?*
More specifics about me: I have a bachelor in English and music, and a master of library science. I’ve been a public reference librarian for 10+ years. I’m looking to get into a field with relatively plentiful opportunities, where I can change jobs more easily if I need to. And I would really like something stable that’s decently compensated, as low-stress as possible, with a great work-life balance (40-45 hours a week max).
My strengths: I’m a good writer, and enjoy crafting a narrative or taking a big jumble of information and breaking it down into components that fit together neatly. I’m not the greatest at teaching and training groups of people, but can handle it ok when working one-on-one. I prefer to do things in writing rather than in person. I’ve had a month or so of experience working with Moodle to make online learning modules. I love reading about and thinking about human psychology and behavior.
My weaknesses: I’m pretty awful at organizing information for storage/access--it's one of the big reasons I’m looking to flee librarianship rather than shifting into, say, digital librarianship. I’ve never had the slightest interest in computers. I can learn just about anything new if needed for my job, but some areas are definitely more difficult than others (computers/electronics and so forth are a struggle). I don't have a dynamic personality and have difficulty thinking on my feet.
Based on all of this, does it seem that instructional design would be a good fit? I’ve had a series of medical scares over the last few months that have decimated my savings, and underscored the importance of going into a field that will have good, well-paying, long-term prospects.
*The standing desk thing is because I cannot handle sitting for eight to ten hours a day. I would go berserk.