Advice for someone wanting to become a eLearning Developer
I'm seeking information and have found, in the past, a forum is a great tool for some honest insight. Thus, here I am.
In a nutshell, I am a 51-year old graphic/web designer with 15 years of teaching design at the college level. I have my own small design business which I've had for 23 years. When I began teaching full-time in 1998, I began to scale back my business to doing work for a few clients and non-profit to mainly support my little income received in my education gig.
Fast forward to this summer and my BFA needed to turn into an MFA in order to stay so I'm back on the streets looking to either rebuild my design business, looking for a full-time job or going into another direction.
Lots has changed in the last 15 years and rebuilding my graphic/web business hasn't worked well. Finding a full-time job has also not been successful. So I'm looking for a way to merge my passion for design and teaching which is why I am exploring eLearning development/Instructional Design as either a freelancer or full time.
So here I am. Fresh clay.
I realize I have a lot of new software to learn but that's never been an issue with graphic/web programs. Finding clients has always been the main challenge. I see a lot of jobs out there but it appears many are looking for degrees in Instructional Design (and some Master Degrees). Most also ask for a few years of experience.
If you were just getting into this industry, what would you advice? I'd like to end up in a situation where I can take the content the client/employer wants taught and work through the process of presenting that content along with developing the actual eLearning tools.