It has been a while since my last blog post. In fact, it’s been so long that I had to have my password reset so I could login. I’ve had an exciting start to this year and a lot has been going on. But I’ll get to that.
A little over a year ago I had a stable job that was close to home and one that if I kept my head down and did what I was told, I could have been there for life. However, it wasn’t particularly challenging, the leadership was uninspiring and I wasn’t feeling satisfied with what I was doing. The thing that kept me going was the big wide world of people I’d discovered who existed beyond the confines of my organisation, thanks to social media. There were (and still are) big thinkers, idea challengers, problem solvers, self-promoters, experience sharers, community creators, industry leaders and what some have become – virtual friends.
Around this time I also scribbled down a few career goals as I needed to do something if I was going change my circumstances. I’d never been much of a goal setter, definitely not in a write-it-down-and-draw-up-an-action-plan kind of way. But I wrote them down and here they are (keep in mind that they’re eLearning related):
- Get a job with an eLearning company
- Do more ELH Challenges
- Become an Articulate Community Super Hero!
- Create a stronger eLearning community in Australia (this is a work in progress).
In terms of a plan, all I really did was jump in, join in twitter chats, read other people’s blogs, comment from time-to-time, share what I found interesting, connect and follow others, look at what others who’d been around for while did and copy them and start my own blog (which itself has evolved into this site). What did that do for me? Apart from learning lots, it got me noticed. In a good way. I wasn’t particularly special but I was visible and that was an advantage I had of most others in the learning field.
By the end of last year I had achieved three of my four goals (the top three) just by being involved and getting noticed. Doors and opportunities opened up that wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t change my career trajectory. In my new eLearning role at a great company, I’m able work from home with one day a week in the office. I’m back into eLearning development which has (and continues to) sharpen my skills. I now get to travel to different parts of Australia to teach others how to use Articulate Storyline and I also now look after our Master eLearning Course helping others to learn how to create great eLearning. I’m also encouraged, yes encouraged, to be active on social media and in various communities both physical and online.
Due to these changes I’ve been busy, hence the lack of blogging (I do have a notebook that contains many half-baked ideas). My perspective of others working in the eLearning industry has evolved because while I’m working in one organisation, I’m interacting with people working at the coal-face. I now hear about the challenges people face within their own organisations and have a better understanding for where they need to build their skills. Generally speaking, the focus needs to shift from ‘This is what you should be doing’ to ‘This is how you do this’.
For myself, new skill sets are emerging – public speaking, webinar delivery, resource creation and curation. I guess these will become my new goals. Finding time can be hard but I need to make time and be more disciplined with using my time effectively.
So, as my career has evolved so too has my thinking. I know this will continue. I have many ideas planned I just need to make them happen. I’ll probably need you to be involved too…..
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