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Instructional Systems Development


Career FAQ


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. What type of career development assistance does the program provide?

The ISD - Training Systems program gives current and prospective students the unique opportunity to recieve one-on-one career development services from a professional career counselor. Services include resume review, job search strategies and guidance, job interview preparation and information on current trends in the training field. Services can be provided in-person, over the phone or via e-mail. For more information or to make an appointment, call Sarah Gardenghi at 410-455-8607 or e-mail Sarah at

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. Students can also take advantage of the services and resources available through the UMBC Career Service Center.

5. 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 provides individual career development services, connects students with job opportunities and maintains a realistic outlook of what's happening in the ISD field.

Students obtain career development skills through internships, portfolio projects and specific Career Services provided by the department. For a list of services, go to the Career Development Services page.