The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned From Instructional Design

I’m not a “numbers person.” I never have been. Some people aren’t “words people.” And that’s okay. In college, I cringed on behalf of my science major friends when they told me about their multi-hour labs and the reports that went along with them. They told me they were fine with that. They’d take it over my research papers any day.

The same is true in the work world. There are many different industries and many different roles within each one. What comes naturally to some people is a struggle for others. Working in instructional design, I’ve had the privilege to learn a little bit about a lot of different fields. Often they’re fields I would probably never have known anything about otherwise.

I think my most important takeaway is that no job is as easy or straightforward as it appears to the casual, outside observer. Even entry level and so-called “menial” jobs have best practices, safety regulations, etc. that need to be remembered and put into practice. Tasks that are simple and repetitive have their challenges too. For example, how do you stay motivated?

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