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education Updated: Apr 25, 2012 12:50 IST
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The lowdown
The science of designing instructions to aid the learning process is what instructional designing is all about. Instructional designers create a variety of content/instructions for clients. They require different skills — writing, web design, graphics, collaboration and planning. An ID’s job is to understand the requirements of the client and collect suitable material. After going through the material, they design documents, which cover the relevant topic and field. As IDs, you create learning objectives for the learners. Once the design document is complete, you start working on the storyboard, which is in the PowerPoint format. It is important for an ID to be well-versed with the design principles in order to create a good storyboard.

Clockwork
An average day in the life of an instructional designer
9am: Reach office and check emails
10.30am: Team meeting for
status update on the various projects
11am: Work on the storyboard
2pm: Lunch
6pm: Leave for home

The payoff
Freshers can expect Rs. 6 lakh per annum. With experience and better qualification you can get a better deal. Money is directly proportional to your performance. Good growth prospects for those who can deliver

Skills/TRAITS
* Communication skills
* Knowledge of various domains is a plus because each client would vary
* Flexibility of thought
* Well-versed with MSWord and PowerPoint
* Good with technical writing
* SAP training always help

Getting there
After Class 12, choose any stream. After completing graduation in any stream, you can opt to work as an ID. However, a background in science is preferred by employers

Institutes and URLs
* Symbiosis Centre for distance learning
http://www.scdl.net/scdl/ProgramDID.aspx

Pros and cons
* Good money
* Immense satisfaction
* At times, workload can get to be a little too much
* Keep abreast with the latest trends
* You might have to sacrifice your weekends or holidays
* Less time for family members and friends
* Great scope for progress and growth
* Promotions are fast if you are hard working
* Long working hours

It is important for an ID to be well-versed with the design principles to create a good storyboard Neha Pant, instructional designer in a leading firm based in Gurgaon