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Bonus Tips for a Career in L&D
6 Tips for Starting a Career in L&D
If you want to go the extra mile in your L&D career journey, try some of our bonus tips:
1. Look up relevant job postings on LinkedIn or your preferred local job searching website for relevant L&D roles. Notice what the responsibilities and position requirements are. Compare your current skills and knowledge to what is asked in the job description.
2. Reach out to your network of colleagues and friends to ask if they know of any L&D opportunities or roles you can apply for. Ask them to give you insights into the organization or even the hiring manager, if they know them.
3. Volunteer at your local youth groups, school or non-profit organization. This would be a great place to put your skills to the test. Not only will you be helping others, but also building competencies you may be lacking now. Not to mention it would look nice on your resume (but don't do it for this reason alone!)
4. Connect with other L&D practitioners and follow them on LinkedIn. L&D people love to share their achievements and you can always learn from them. Engage with their posts and ask them for advice or questions. Of course, remember to keep it respectful.
5. Check out some great books on the topic. Our favourite ones are:
The Accelerated Learning Handbook by Dave Meier
The Chief Talent Officer by Jack Phillips, Patricia Phillips, Tamar Elkeles
101 Learning and Development Tools By Kenneth Fee
Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
Leaving ADDIE for SAM by Michael Allen
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel
The Accidental Instructional Designer by Cammy Bean
Agile for Instructional Designers by Megan Torrance
6. Sign up for an online course. We have a great flagship course “Introduction to Learning and Development” aimed at beginners. We cover all the basics and help you build a solid foundation to continue your growth in Learning and Development.
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You’ve completed our free guide! You should be ready to begin your transition to a new career in Learning and Development now. We’re so excited to see what heights you will reach!
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