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How to Market Yourself in the Field of Educational Technology (part 1)

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I received a phone call on Saturday morning from Canada.  Had no idea who it was.

I ended up speaking at length with a freelance writer about the field of educational technology.  She asked about the type of training that Instructional Designers receive in a masters program and we chatted about graduate schools that have competitive Educational Technology departments.  We also talked about getting a job.

I’ve really thrown myself into the ring over the last five months, becoming active in new social networks and blogging on the regular.  Call it brand-building, whatever it is I’m doing has a lot to do with my job prospects coming out of this masters program.  Some things worked really well; others not so much.  As I talked with Maria (the writer), I was able to organize some of my thoughts on the topic of getting a job in education technology.

Here is a list of things that have worked for me.  As part one of two…or three…these ideas can get you headed in the right direction if you’re trying to market yourself.  Hopefully one of these will be helpful to you.

  1. Document your Skills

    Most educational technology programs have an ePortfolio as a requirement for masters candidates, and for good reason!  Have a clean, concise ePortfolio to showcase your work.  It doesn’t matter what you can say you can make, only what you can show employers.  In lieu of one of those “online portfolio-making” sites, use Weebly or Google Sites for a free place to host your ePortfolio.
  2. Use multiple Forms of Social Media

    The varying social media platforms can help you see what’s going on at the world-level in ed tech.  Twitter is a great micro-blogging tool and can really give you an insider view in the technology industry if you follow the right people.  Be wary about Facebook, keep that network private for now.  If you’re not on LinkedIn yet, you better hurry up.  If you’re seeking professionals to network with, this hub should be on your list.
    Using multiple forms of social media will allow you to reach other professionals and enthusiasts who might not be on all of the networks.  Use a formal picture as your avatar in your professional profiles.  Smiling helps!
  3. Blog

    If you use a micro-blogging tool, you can make a blog.  Many blogs I read have relatively short posts, while others have full-length articles.  Starting this blog has dramatically increased my reach, and yours can too.  Write on a few topics to attract a more diverse following.  Check out WordPress and Blogger blogging tools, pick whichever you prefer the controls for.  Pick a topic and just start writing.  Starting is the hardest part.
  4. Follow Trends

    Depending on what your employment goals are, it will likely benefit you to stay up on the latest technology trends.  If you’re already using Social Media, as mentioned above, this will probably already be happening.  TechCrunch and Mashable are good places to start for popular tech news.  Employers will be pleased to know that you’re aware of the latest goods.  Many will demand it.
  5. Connect with other People in Ed Tech

Connections with other up-and-coming professionals in educational technology will give you an idea of what to expect in the job market.  I’ve had great conversations with other like-minded young professionals, trading ideas here and there, mostly found through Twitter and LinkedIn.  You never know when you’ll meet someone with similar ideas.  Who’s going to make the next Instagram?

Hand shake between two businessmen.

In the next post, I’ll bring up the few events that marked a transition into the professional sphere for me.  Interacting with the business world can be a bit intimidating, but knowing a few simple things before jumping in can help you be more successful.
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8 thoughts on “How to Market Yourself in the Field of Educational Technology (part 1)

  1. Great Post. I am pretty sure that you don’t have to worry too much about being successful. You seem to have that “it” factor. If all else fails you can always find a large school system and work as an Instruction Technology Specialist working with teachers to help them become more tech-savvy. There is currently a huge disconnect between the technology available and teachers ability to implement that technology.

    Marc

    • Thank you so much, Marc. Whether or not there’s a formula that will work for everyone, I don’t know. I do hope that these few things will help connect people to the bigger world of technology in education, maybe shrinking the gap between the teachers and new technology. Very appreciative of your thoughtful response!

  2. Honestly, and in silently; you somehow become a mentor of my interest in Instructional designing for a while now. A fan of this blog. Technically you are already successful since I found and learn from you in the internet while being in my own country Brunei. You are international. I’m advocate in teaching with technologies in primary school. Honestly my country needs your specialities; you could be one of our consultant at our ministry of education through ehijrah (http://www.e-hijrah.net/)

    • Wow, Alid. Thank you so much for the kind words. Hearing that the work I post up on this blog is useful to other people really makes it worth it. And yes, this forum has allowed me to reach people thousands of miles away…it’s amazing. While I have no immediate plans to travel East, email me and we can chat about your Ministry of Education. Thanks again for the comment!

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