Clive Shepherd posted today about a dinner conversation he had with Cathy Moore.
"Cathy confessed that she is sometimes denied some work opportunities because she does not have a degree in instructional design."
(Now, I can't imagine anyone turning Cathy Moore down for an ID job. Come on, guys!)
In the UK, according to Clive, virtually no one has a degree in Instructional Design. Perhaps that's where I belong. My ID education has been completely on the job and informal.
Although, I've never had trouble finding work as an instructional designer, I have certainly seen many job listings that include a Master's degree as a requirement. I figure my 12 years of experience have to count for something, so I've never let that stop me.
I'm curious what other folks' experiences has been. If you're working as an instructional designer, do you have an advanced degree? If you don't, have you ever been denied a job for the lack of one? What do you think counts more? The degree or the experience?
Clive says, "I must confess I don't really care how someone has acquired their knowledge of the subject, but I do care whether they are constantly striving to do a better job."
So here's a little survey to help us go deeper:
(Click on the link to view the survey.)
Anything else to share about your experience as an instructional designer (or whatever you might call it)? Share in the comments.....
Initial survey results have been posted here.
And the survey numbers keep changing.