In writing a response to an individual that seemed a bit overwhelmed about some major shifts happening in their life I realized I cannot escape my ID’istic self.
Well, ok, I really did not notice until I got an appreciative e-mail in response. I could not recall what exactly it was that I had written so I scrolled and reviewed what I had wrote.
Looking at the message it dawned on me that my suggestions on how to manage their upcoming deadlines (which were all personal ones – moving, classes, job-related elements) were presented as helpful solutions with each main facet having a plan and a method for accomplishment. (Also, with a lot of admonishment for my nerd like tendencies with Excel and organization in general.)
Some could just say that it is just advice coming from an individual experienced in dealing with similar circumstances. However, I know that my experiences and organizational prowess have been shaped and changed by being an Instructional Designer.
The individual who wrote to me did not categorically address their issues – I instantly picked those out, a skill that I have acquired over 14 years of listening to clients needs and SMEs providing content, not to mention reviewing tons of (ahem – poorly) developed instruction. Much like when I review a resume for a peer and can “see” the main skill sets out of the chronological listing of jobs and then re-group their resume for functionality.
ID has also provided me other talents more major then just being able to recognize themes and topics and create order and structure. The main one, the most important one, being able to solve problems. It doesn’t matter if it is an issue with my car, with writing my dissertation, or in handling circumstances with an upset colleague – there is always a solution. Maybe not the least expensive or even the best idea, but the resolution is better than the current situation and sometimes that is all that really matters.
ID has given me a lot more than just being able to design effective and engaging learning materials. It has taught me patience, listening skills, how to be more self-directed, efficient, concise, and the list goes on. All of which, like really great leftovers from a party, I get to take home with me (come on, you cannot tell me that people do not take home delicious party leftovers). For that I am greatly appreciative of having a career that rewards me both professionally and personally on this level.
In what ways have you noticed that your ID skills have blended with other aspects of your life?