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Robin Young sitting in a radio studio writing in a notebook

Robin Young, Instructional Designer

Robin graduated with his Secondary Education (PGDE) in 2014 and is an Instructional Designer for Benchmark Performance Inc. Find out what a typical day in his job is like!

My alarm goes off…

At 6.30am every morning. I like to have time in the morning for tea and my dog, so an early start is always good. I’m generally in the office for 8.45am.

I’m responsible for…

Designing and developing learning programs for clients who want to implement changes to their organisation and enhance employee/manager performance. 

I got my job…

Just four months after graduating. I moved back to Toronto, Canada and spent a lot of time networking. I met the right person, at the right place, at the right time.

My course prepared me for the working world…

By providing a real-life working experience. Careers don’t always begin at 9 and end at 5. They can require a lot of extra hours and dedication. My course also provided me with opportunities. An education from Strathclyde opens a lot of doors. Once you graduate, there are so many paths you can take that are related to education. I wouldn’t have my job without it.

My typical day….

Begins the night before, looking at my agenda for the coming day and coming up with a game plan.  Once I'm in the office I spend some time responding to emails from clients and colleagues. A typical day will include meetings with colleagues, where we spend time working on learning projects for clients and delegating tasks. Sometimes there will also be client meetings where I need to work with Subject Matter Experts to lock down content, learning objectives and get feedback on my design. The bulk of my day will revolve around the development of eLearning, learner materials and designing new courses.

My most memorable work moment…

Was when a client told me the course we developed for them was “awesome and unlike anything we've ever had in the past”. We consistently try to create training that is engaging and fun, but it’s always great to receive such positive feedback on your work. 

The best part of my job…

Is that it never gets old. I'm constantly working with new clients and designing learning programs for multiple fields. One day I'm developing eLearning in the financial sector, and the next it’s for charitable not-for-profit organisations.

I'm always learning. It’s an ongoing journey based on understanding the content I need to work with, keeping up-to-date with technology, and creating new, relevant and engaging training for learners. 

My advice for other graduates…

Is to network and volunteer as much as you can. Use the resources available to you, like Strathclyde’s careers service. Sending out CVs for jobs may not always get you the results you want. You need to get your face out there and make connections with the people who can get you an interview.

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