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Breaking into the L&D Space

May 27, 2021 10:42 AM | Scott Rencher (Administrator)

Post written by ATDChi member Mauricio Palli. This article is part of a series of member written content on Career Development in Talent Development. 

The pandemic has really impacted the L&D landscape. I have seen various articles and blogs recently where individuals are asking how one can break into this ever-changing field. I have seen professionals from traditional school teachers to entrepreneurs ask in blogs, articles, and webinars.

In my opinion there really is no set answer on how one can break into the L&D space. Everyone has their own experience. Most of the professionals in this field “fell into it” either by choice or by accident. However, I do feel that you can set yourself up for success by doing a few things that might not necessarily involve obtaining an advanced degree in the pedagogy.

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Network with individuals who are working in the space. This is key because they can provide you with the real ins and outs of the space. You can continue to build these relationships and perhaps obtain a mentor in the process. 

Next, I would say to start creating your own professional portfolio. Having a mix bag of instructor lead training along with computer-based training is essential. Don’t forget to also include any examples of collateral to support these trainings i.e.: job aides, icebreakers, teach-back activities, learning journals, etc. 

Educate yourself! Learn more about what are the leading trends in the business while also subscribing to professional YouTube pages in the field to gain more insight. Here are a few I follow:

Finally, explore the ATD Micro Courses or professional certifications such as an APTD certification or any facilitation skills, training design & delivery, & adult learning certifications from a reputable organization.

In the end, one will really need to discover what path within L&D to take. The only way to do that is by conducing your research while keeping an open mind in where you might fit in the ever-evolving space.

Mauricio Palli - Training Design & Delivery Senior Analyst at Aon - At Aon I design & develop instructional content & training materials for contact center colleagues while working with various clients to deliver best in class training.

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