BLOC Podcast Episode 6: Cara North

Verasana's Instructional Design leader Heidi Kirby has her own podcast where she's discussing trends in organizational culture, instructional design and all things learning. The Building Learning and Organizational Cultures (BLOC) Podcast publishes bi-weekly and is available for free on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Stitcher.

In this episode, we talk to Cara North about how to professionally brand yourself as a learning and development professional. We also talk about graduate degrees for learning and development professionals, and although neither of us believe a degree is necessary for success in the field, we talk about some of the benefits we've seen to pursuing one.

Cara North is an award-winning learning experience designer and has been in talent and development for 10+ years, working in both higher education and corporate settings. She is a Training Operations Manager at Silfex. North is also a Ph.D. candidate at The Ohio State University. She also serves as Past-President of Central Ohio ATD and Community Manager for the Training Learning and Development Community. A self-proclaimed social media junkie, you can often find her on Twitter (@caranorth11) & LinkedIn (/in/caranorth11).

Cara's suggestions for those who are considering instructional design:

Harold D. Stolovitch and Erica J. Keeps's Telling Ain't Training

Will Thalheimer's - WAIT! Do NOT buy this book. There is a new version in the works. Sign up here to be notified when it releases. :)