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    Creating a Career Portfolio

The ISD-Training Systems Program is dedicated to helping students advance their career and achieve their professional goals in this rapidly expanding field. Currently, ISD-TS graduates are enjoying training positions in a wide variety of high-profile organizations, including IBM, the National Security Agency, T. Rowe Price, Booz Allen and Hamilton, and many more.

Career FAQs

How do I know that the training and development field is right for me?

The field of instructional systems development appeals to a wide variety of people hailing from many different professional fields. To see an example of some of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for people working within common training positions, please click here.

How do I prepare for a career in training and development?

One of the most difficult aspects of transitioning from one career to another is gaining hands-on experience and building a knowledge base of the field. Here are some helpful tips to prepare yourself for this transition while working on your degree: create a portfolio of course projects, join local training and development societies, subscribe to professional journals, and build your professional library.

What are some Training and Development Professional Associations?

For what type of careers does the ISD - Training Systems Master's program prepare me?

Students can find employment in diverse fields such as business, education, government and health care. Graduates of the program have pursued positions as:

  • Program and materials designer
  • Training and education program planner
  • Human performance improvement specialist
  • Curriculum developer
  • Training program manager
  • Distance educator
  • Multimedia development specialist
  • Training consultant
  • Instructional designer
  • Web-based training developer

For detailed descriptions of some of these positions, please visit our Job Descriptions and Definitions page.

Also checkout the Salary Calculator from Learning Solutions Magazine.

What type of career development assistance does the program provide?

The ISD program gives students the opportunity to receive career services.  Students can take advantage of the services and resources available through the UMBC Career Service Center.Services include resume review, job search strategies and guidance, job interview preparation and more. In person or phone appointments may be scheduled online (via UMBCworks), in person (Math/Psychology 212), or by phone (410-455-2216).  To schedule an appointment please visit  http://careers.umbc.edu/aboutus/appointments/

The program also regularly receives employment notifications from area businesses that are posted on the Job Openings Page and distributed through the Jobs' Listserv. All students should make sure they subscribe to this list in order to receive these announcements. The program faculty and staff are available to assist student in locating job opportunities.

I'm looking to change my career. How do I take the leap?

Career changers make up approximately 1/3 of the students who attend the ISD-TS program. The program is customized for people who are advancing or changing fields. You can build on previous experience or learn new skills sets with in-class or online training methods.

The program gives students the opportunity to receive career services.  Services include resume review, job search strategies and guidance, job interview preparation and more. In person or phone appointments may be scheduled online (via UMBCworks), in person (Math/Psychology 212), or by phone (410-455-2216).  To schedule an appointment please visit  http://careers.umbc.edu/aboutus/appointments/

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