Making a Career Change

Recently, Linkedin notified me that I’d reached a milestone in my career. Namely, having been in my role for a certain number of years. I didn’t find that to be anything to celebrate; rather just a reminder that I have to intensify my efforts to accelerate this career transition.
I am halfway through my first year of this Instructional Design graduate program, and having just wrapped up all the year-end business details with my voiceover business, a timely reminder of just how I started this journey comes in the form of a podcast interview I had with Nicolle Merrill. In her 50 Conversations with Career Changers series you hear first-hand experiences, motivation, and advice from 50 different people to help spark YOUR career change.
In episode 15 (which happens to be my favorite number), I talk with Nicolle about the process I undertook to initiate changing careers, how my experience and strengths play into choosing a new career path, and considerations as a mid-career professional.
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Shout to my career coach Sherry Sims with Black Career Women’s Network, and all the talented, helpful, and encouraging instructional design, learning and development, and voiceover professionals that took the time to speak with me. Thanks to Nicolle, for inviting me to share my story, which I hope you find informative and useful for when it is YOUR time to make a change in your career!
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BA, MAIA, MSIDT…

This career change thing is getting real! After I completed my first graduate degree I said I would NEVER do this again, but here goes…

I’ll be starting the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology at Georgia State University this fall. Consider it my next and most “formal” step towards becoming a Learning and Development professional. The latest step of this career change journey, which began with finding a career coach, soliciting peer feedback, informational interviews with instructional designers, and lots of LinkedIn Learning courses on agile design, facilitation, gamification, measuring learning effectiveness, and storyboarding.

Oh…and then there’s this #Voiceover hobby I’ve picked up — rather, decided to take seriously — as a way of expanding my learning and development skill set.

I am super excited! I am also anxious about managing balance; with full-time work, building my voiceover business, eldercare and family responsibilities, and thorough self-care for my health and well-being. Some of this will be lifted as I get this website together, and arrange my home office, put together a voice booth — all tangential things that have been on my to-do list, seemingly forever.

I have this summer. Here’s to being productive. To being mindful. To being focused. Classes begin in just about 3 months!!

..:: More to Come ::..

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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