The Shelf Life of ID Spices

We here at DishingDesign have been in the kitchen taking stock of our respective ID Skill Pantries and are sharing some of our techniques and advice for keeping your skills competitive in this rapidly, mobile world. At the start of the New Year we provided you with an overview of auditing from various industry perspectives and the value of auditing your own skills. So now it’s time to focus on a key staple in our ID Skill Pantry, our herbs and spices. These aromatic, colorful, and flavor enhancing assets represent our experiences, ID techniques, and technology skills. These categories assist us in evaluating shelf life of our skills and discerning their level of value in our career and professional goals.

We provide here, for your professional development, a guide to a series of resources to manage and perform your audit, identify your skill gaps, and create a plan for developing your ID assets.

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the industries competencies.
Did you know our industry has a set of international standards that defines the fundamental and advanced skills an instructional designer can acquire and cultivate? Last year we discussed these standards and provided a link to them in our Cook’s Competence article.

Step 2: Recognize what you should be auditing.
Patti Shank’s three-part series on taking ownership of your skill set is a great way to pare down from the IBSTIPI competencies from Step 1. Patti provides a candid conversation on growing your skills and planning for your own professional development in this Learning Solutions Magazine piece.

This article does a great job breaking skill sets into three main areas: business skills, learning skills, and technical skills. It also discusses honing in on skills you need to attain, refresh, or discard in order to succeed in your field. Check it out!

Step 3: Audit your instructional design skills.
You have successfully taken a look at the recipe that creates a cook’s competence in our field and you have taken time to assess what herbs and spices are relevant to you and your career. Now it’s time to inventory your skills for their value and shelf life! We have created a basic template using Shank’s categories and developed suggestions for how to score and apply value to your audit.

Once you are done with your audit, be sure to take the next step by creating goals and a plan in which to meet those objectives. Our next blog will discuss creating goals and a development strategy.

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