As an Instructional Designer & Technology grad student I had a basic idea of what I would do when I grew up, aka graduate. As a child I always struggled with school and learning. I thought in pictures and learned more by doing than following a lecture and reading a book.
During my tenure in higher education running a computer language lab I found that I had a different approach to training the faculty, staff and students on how to use the equipment available to them in the lab. If someone did not understand what I was trying to tell them I would find different ways to explain it so the person would understand what they were learning. I was even told that I explained how to do something better than most people. Because of this I thought I should go into Instructional Design to help more people who are struggling to learn something.
The problem I had was explaining the field to people. Thanks to fellow student, Nancy Snyder, I read a blog that clearly explains what an Instructional Designer does. If you want to know or just want something fun to read please go to Tom Kuhlman’s blog at http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/what-everybody-ought-to-know-about-instructional-design/. I think you will find it as informative and fun to read as I did.