Managing career transitions into post-secondary learning designer jobs: An Australasian perspective

Jack Sage, Michael Sankey

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    Abstract

    This semi-structured qualitative study maps out the diversity of career paths of Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) learning designers (LDs) and summarises their career advice for those aspiring to be LDs. It identifies that, among the 92 participants, there were many different pathways into the profession both from an academic and from professional backgrounds. It identified that the most common entry points into the postsecondary LD profession come through previously working: as a primary and secondary teacher; in higher education student services, as an English as a Second Language (ESL) professional, a sessional academic seeking job stability; in private industry, such as in film and television and in the area of training and development. Most career transitions into LD were serendipitous, or a natural progression rather than a deliberate and planned process. The study further identified a paucity of LD and associated professions career information in ANZ public domain, which held some back from entering a Learning Design career earlier. This paper concludes with some recommended strategies to address this, to the extent that it is hoped that this paper will aid aspiring LDs in planning their career transitions more effectively.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConference Proceedings: Back to the Future
    Subtitle of host publication38th International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
    EditorsSue Gregory, Steve Warburton, Mark Schier
    Place of PublicationNSW, Australia
    PublisherASCILITE
    Pages22-31
    Number of pages10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2021
    Event38th International Conference of Innovation, Practice and
    Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in
    Tertiary Education
    : Back to the Future
    - Virtual, Armidale, Australia
    Duration: 28 Nov 20211 Dec 2021
    Conference number: 38
    https://2021conference.ascilite.org/

    Conference

    Conference38th International Conference of Innovation, Practice and
    Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in
    Tertiary Education
    Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2021
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    CityVirtual, Armidale
    Period28/11/211/12/21
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