Food for Thought: A Jack of All Trades in the ID Kitchen

First off, Happy New Year from the DishingDuo! We were temporarily out of commission getting our new technology in order! Now that we are back we wanted to reflect on a common theme we always pick up from new and old instructional designers alike, “I didn’t know I wanted to be an ID, I just didn’t know what I wanted to be.” Perhaps some set out to be an instructional designer but as we think about our classmates (from science teachers to actors, to physical therapists) as we obtained our degree, the colleagues we have encountered and now the students we teach, it is evident that we are a unique breed of individual. A student put it aptly by saying: I was good at many things but not great in any and often felt lost for my calling. Instructional design helps bring out what I am naturally built to do: adapt.”

Being a jack of all trades and a master of none should be an ID slogan. We think in our realm it is revered and welcomed as it allows us to do the most with our craft. Whether our ID kitchen is small, large, or make-shift we can adapt. We were given a great set of skills that allow us to expand and contract with the needs of our client. What is even more unique is that ID tends not to be a calling but an attraction that we gravitate towards as it feeds all of our senses for what we want to do and be professionally.

What are your thoughts? Are you an ID that fell into the profession or did you set out to be in this field? What do you think makes our profession unique and rewarding?

One Reply to “Food for Thought: A Jack of All Trades in the ID Kitchen”

  1. Brandy & Robyn, so much of what you are saying in this post is applicable to my life experience. At 17, I wanted to be a famous Star Soccer player. At 21 I wanted to be the best Thoracic Surgeon in the country. At 28, I wanted to be a renowed Medical Scientist. Then, sometime along the path of life I ended up working for Fortune-500 companies in NYC as an Information Systems Administrator, and that somehow evolved into an interest for web technologies, and finally into using the web for delivering instruction. Wow!

    As a Jack of all trades, I have learned about the secrets of Stock Trading using charts, steps to perform a successfull Western Blot Assay in the lab, and topics as simple as how to dispose of garbage with an eco-friendly attitude. The ever-learning process of our work keeps my mind constantly active and hungry for more.

    So Yes, I am an ID who fell into the profession. Knowledge is gold but seeing the positive effects that knowledge can have on people is priceless. It is such a great pleasure to change people’s behaviour so that now they are more conscious about the environment. And truthfully, I love to use technology to enhance the learning experience.

    Looking forward to more of your posts. I am in the process of creating my own website and associated blogs.

    You can visit at

    Paulo Castro

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