I am going to start this blog by attempting to answer the question of the month from The Learning Circuits Blog. This is actually the January question of the month but it seemed like a good place to start.
- What are your biggest challenges for this upcoming year?
- What are your major plans for the year?
- What predictions do you have for the year?
I will answer this question in the order presented. My biggest challenge will be finding full time employment with benefits. For the last few years I have been working as a consultant which has allowed me to be fairly flexible in terms of the hours I keep on a daily basis. The primary goal as I see it is to provide the best level of service to a client and provide them with an excellent final product. My challenge in the coming year is find full time employment with benefits. Particularly health benefits. In the current economic climate this is going to be challenging. I need to do this so that my wife can affect a career change of her own. I have had the pleasure of being able to work as a consultant because of her full time employment. It is time to return the favor. Despite the difficulty I do this with pleasure.
The second part of the question was partially answered already by stating that I plan to transition back into corporate life. I also plan to continue updating my skills. I call myself an Instructional Technologist. I view technology with an eye toward how can I use something to further the instructional goal before me. This blog is an example of that perspective. To further that goal I'm hoping to attend a conference this year. It's been a couple of years since I've been to any conference. I will also renew my search for an academic program that fits into my goals. Preferably something on line and that will culminate in a certificate or degree.
The final part of the question was what do I predict for 2009? I have seen a trend over the past year that I think is only going to increase and that is an expanded acceptance of e-learning. Use what ever definition you want of e-learning. I think that the economy is going to force organizations to explore ways to cut costs. That means that some organizations are going to be forced to use a technology they have been reluctant to accept until now. I think this also means that organization that already understand the best time to train is when you are going through difficult economic times are going to expand their use of e-learning. I am not worried about finding work, I'm worried about finding full time work with benefits.