Personal Learning Network – Part 2

In Part 2 of my Personal Learning Network (PLN) project I’ll describe the status of my search and a list of sources I’ve started to use for this project. Click here for Part 1 and read more about my in-going project question.

I’ve begun to use my PLN to focus on my first objective: identifying 5 specific career advancement opportunities available to me upon graduation. A simple Google search of ‘Jobs you can get with a Masters of Education’ reveals a number of sites that list generic job titles.

For example, Chron.com lists the following job titles graduates can expect:

  • Lead Teacher
  • School Administrator
  • Adult Educator
  • Higher Ed Jobs
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Corporate Trainer

Gradschoolhub.com also lists these additional job titles:

  • Educational Consultant
  • Educational Policy Developer

While these job titles certainly help to answer my central question they don’t take into account my design or business background. A search on Indeed.com for ‘Masters of Education’ began to pull up more promising job titles that fit my experiences and background, specifically ‘Senior Instructional Designer’ at BMO Financial Group and ‘Organizational Development Specialist’ at Toronto Hydro. Searching job search sites provide a great start to learning about possible careers paths that fit me best. I’m also finding it useful because these sites list job descriptions, required skills and experiences. This information begins to help me fulfill my second objective – to find reasons why I would be well suited to these opportunities.

I’ve begun using a wide variety of sources for my PLN in 3 different areas: career search information, Master of Education career options, and assessment of my professional and education background. Many of the sources I’ve curated provide information on each specific area whereas other sources provide information on the overlap of two areas (i.e. searching for a career with an M.Ed).

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Here is a list of people/groups/organizations I’m following:

  • I’m using LinkedIn to research individuals who have their M.Ed and to see what careers they’ve have. I’m also using this social networking site to find groups and businesses that hire those with an education background.
  • I’ve begun to research job search sites like Indeed.com and Monster.ca to better understand the types of job posting that exist for people with my background and skills.
  • I’m also using Feedly as a news aggregator to keep tabs on several blogs and sites:
    • The Learning Age – A blog about adult education and learning by Paul Stanistreet
    • Glassdoor Blog – A blog about career searches and company information
    • Official LinkedIn Blog – A blog that provides information and insights about LinkedIn
    • Personal Branding Blog – A blog that provides information about how to stand out in your career
    • The Daily Muse – A blog offering expert career guidance for job search and career goals.
    • 99U Podcast and Blog – Provides inspiration and advice for those in creative industries
  • I’ve begun to use StrengthFinder.com to assess my professional strengths and preferences.
  • I’ll also be consulting UofT Career Services to book an appointment. I’m hoping to get some career tools to help create a plan moving forward.
  • Lastly, I’m using Evernote to curate articles, web pages, and keep notes. It’s been a great tool that I can use across platforms (laptop, mobile, etc.) to keep track and organize information sources.

I plan to look at blogs and twitter accounts pertaining to more specific jobs and careers paths. My search has been pretty broad and I think I can begin to zero in on a few career areas I’m more interested in.

I welcome and comments or suggestions in the comments below.

The book is finally out!

After a year of hard work the book, Design Works: How to Tackle Your Toughest Innovation Challenges through Business Design, is finally available for purchase.  Written by Heather Fraser, co-founder and director of Rotman DesignWorks and an adjunct professor in the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, this book serves as a guide to encourage and inspire business leaders to follow a design-based innovation approach in their business.

I served as the primary contributor and collaborator on the second half of the book, Tools & Tips for the Practice of Business Design.  The tools and methods described in this book are meant to be very hands-on and actionable within an organization.  The instruction is intended to be detailed, easy to follow, and visual. The examples used for each tool are from real projects I worked on at Rotman DesignWorks.

Learn more about it at the official book site and purchase a copy here.