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EP 09 Dr. Robin Sargent: Why Teachers Make Great Instructional Designers

Many teachers have been considering transitioning from the classroom to pursue a career in Instructional Design. In this latest episode of The Teacher Career Coach Podcast, I interview Dr. Robin Sargent, a thought leader in the ID space with an impressive background.

She discusses all things Instructional Design, including exactly why it’s such a great career fit for teachers.

Related Resources: Creating your Instructional Designer Resume

Listen to the episode in the podcast player below, or find it on Apple Podcast or Spotify.

(0:35) Introducing Dr. Robin Sargent
(1:25) What is an Instructional Designer?
(2:50) Why teachers make great Instructional Designers
(4:30) Best skills to learn for Instructional Design
(7:13) Fear and imposter syndrome
(9:55) Types of Instructional Design
(16:02) What is the work-life balance for an Instructional Designer?
(17:15) Personality fit for Instructional Design
(22:39) Instructional Design job stability, pay, and growth opportunities
(25:32) How to build a portfolio in Instruction Design
(27:38) IDOL resources

To learn more about IDOL, visit:

Dr. Robin is a former corporate Director of Learning & Development who has created an entire online academy focused on teaching Instructional Design, the IDOL Academy.

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Where to start

If you’re just beginning to think about leaving teaching, brainstorming other options is a great place to start. But if you’re like many others, teaching was your only plan – there never was a Plan B. You might feel at a loss when it comes to figuring out what alternatives are out there.

Start with our free quiz, below, to get alternative job options for careers that really do hire teachers!

What career outside the classroom is right for YOU? Free Quiz

Taking the First Steps to a New Career

If you’ve already taken our quiz, it may be time for the next steps. I want to help you get some clarity in the options available to you. To know EXACTLY what you need to do (and not do) in order to get your foot in the door.

One of the biggest mistakes that I see teachers make is that they try to navigate this process alone. Often, they put off “researching” until the very last minute. Which sets them up for a very stressful application season – trying to juggle teaching, figuring out a resume, researching jobs, and hoping to nail down some interviews before signing next year’s contract.

You don’t have to do this on your own.

If you are considering a career change from teaching, I have a resource that can help you today. With the help of an HR expert with over 10 years of experience, I’ve created a guide to support you in the early stages of your transition out of the classroom.

In the Career Transition Guide, I’ll walk you through the factors to consider and answer those first-step planning questions including:

Career Transition Guide
  • A compiled list of over 40 careers that teachers can transition into
  • An overview of how to read job descriptions
  • How to evaluate the risk of leaving a full-time teaching job for the unknown
  • Example translations from classroom-to-corporate resumes
  • A checklist of everything you’ll need to do for your career transition (so you know you aren’t missing anything!)
  • and more…

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