Moving from Higher Education to Industry?
I'm thinking about moving from higher education into industry, and would appreciate advice, especially from anyone who has done the same. The job descriptions are a little intimidating, as they often include processes I've only read about.
My background: Currently I'm an instructional designer at a large university, with six years of experience. Before working in higher ed I was a college prof teaching multimedia, programming, and web design, so my relevant experience is more like 10 - 15 years, depending on how you count my faculty experience. My instructional design work has been in small departments with few IDs, where we create a lot of innovative but non-scale-able projects for individual faculty (not entire departments). I can manage everything I do in an Excel spreadsheet. In other words, I've never had the experience of working in a department with a course design process, QA checklists, specialized animators or graphic artists, copywriters, etc.
- What skills do I probably lack, and how can I minimize their absence?
- Are their any certifications or training I should get before interviewing?
- What kind of job interview questions can I expect that I wouldn't get in a higher ed interview?
- What will my biggest on-the-job challenges be?
- Is there anything I should remove from my portfolio? Or add? (http://www.sharonh.com)