Career-changer finds prospects to be even better than expected in the field of training and development
Being a “career-change” student in the Training and Development program, I’m often asked, “So, what kind of job do you want when you graduate?” After managing the job board for the TRDV blog for a few months, I’ve discovered the possibilities are endless. Training and Development is truly a hot field right now, and opportunities abound in various industries. I’ve had the opportunity to connect with a few recent graduates of the program to gain insight into where the program can lead me.
Mallory Gott-Ortiz is a 2010 graduate of the TRDV program, having earned her master’s degree in Human Performance Improvement. She is now the Director of Education Development at Association Forum. In addition to developing educational programming and evaluating training needs for the organization’s 3500 members, she also speaks at various events around Chicago.
Jessi Underhill is a 2014 graduate of the TRDV program, having earned her master’s degree in Training and Development. After teaching high school social studies for eight years, Underhill decided to leave the field, but she still wanted to be able to use her skills. She entered Roosevelt’s TRDV program in January 2012 and is now the Training and Implementation Manager for Medtelligent. She develops training materials, provides on-site training for clients and manages client relationships. She and Kim Heintz will be presenting a webinar on Preparing for a Career in E-Learning on Nov. 12.
Kim Heintz is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program in Training and Development at Roosevelt, as well as being a graduate of the program. She received her Masters of Arts in Training and Development from Roosevelt with graduate certificates in e-learning and instructional design. She also is a DDI certified trainer and holds ASTD certificates in Designing Synchronous Learning and Project Management for Trainers. She currently works full time as a Senior Technical Writer and Instructional Designer for Follett School Solutions.
The employment opportunities for graduates of Roosevelt’s Training and Development program go far beyond what I imagined when I enrolled. I’m excited to see where my degree will take me and look forward to being counted among these distinguished graduates. If you’re looking for another opportunity to network and advance your career, be sure to join us on Nov. 4 for a CCASTD Professional Development Network event, Growing Your Brand with Twitter Chats – Flipping Training with Technology PDN at the Gage Building to learn what other opportunities await you as a graduate of the TRDV program.