The Real Success of the IDOL courses Academy is our Students!

Our students land instructional design and eLearning development jobs or start their own freelance businesses within 3 weeks to 6 months. Our students accelerate their skills, knowledge, and craft in instructional design and eLearning through deliberate practice and paid experience opportunities. Students who successfully complete the Academy lessons and projects are provided the high-valued skill sets that make them competitive candidates for leading corporations.  

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"If it wasn't for IDOL courses Academy, I wouldn't have the confidence and push to change my life with an exciting new career! I have been exploring the idea of being a corporate instructional designer for about 1-2 years and in June 2020, I decided to fully commit. I was actually enrolled in a Master's program for Instructional Design and withdrew from the program after the second month because I saw more value in IDOL courses Academy. I am so happy I did that. If I had stayed in graduate school, I would not graduate for another year and a half, be in a lot of debt from student loans, and not apply for IDOL jobs until after I graduated.

IDOL courses Academy gave me all the tools and more, plus an awesome, supportive community, that really inspired me to take action. I would listen to success stories on the Become and IDOL podcast and think, "I can't wait to have that success too". Now here we are, only 5 months later after joining IDOL courses Academy...and to think I would STILL be in grad school with no IDOL job... Thank you Dr. Robin!!!" ~Amy Garza

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"This is by far the best program for anyone wanting to transition into instructional design! The academy covers every single aspect of instructional design and eLearning development while also getting us prepared for job searching and mastering the interview. I got more and more confident as the weeks went on. Having mentors and coaches available for expert feedback is priceless!"

~Erica Stewart

        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"From day 1, Robin had me focused on my #1 goal: getting a job in the field. I was able to work with a group of super smart, driven women who gave me real world feedback on my projects and advice about developing my resume and presenting myself in interviews. Thanks to all that support, I was able to land a dream job working for a high-profile tech company!!"

~Ruth Crossman

        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL courses helped me move from the classroom to a corporate job with so much better benefits and less stress. I learned so much and in a short amount of time. It was definitely worth the investment. The feedback and support you get from Robin and the group are invaluable. I can't recommend it enough... it has literally changed my quality of life."

~Whitney Estes

        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"After completing a university certificate in instructional design & elearning, I joined the IDOL courses Academy. My best advice is to join the Academy because it is a supportive and goal-driven school/community of practice that prepares you to do the work needed in a corporate environment beyond just theory. Dr. Robin is literally the reason I have my current position! Love her! And love the IDOL community!"

~Ashanti Henderson

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"My IDOL journey started off slow, but COVID gave me the extra time to focus that I needed. I can’t say enough about Dr. Robin and the time and energy she takes to make sure we are properly guided and our ID skills are developed. I found an accountability group that held my feet to the fire. I put in a lot of hours to hone my skills based on the tools in the academy and the guidance of the mentors and other members. Although I’m employed, I still take full advantage of the academy tools to refine my skills and engage with the community." ~Rashida King

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"100% worth the investment! I will make back the course fee in just one week of work with my first contract!" ~Kate Zeis

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL will give you the platform to be successful in all aspects of your career." ~Niya Jay

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The IDOL courses academy prepared me for everything I needed to know to land a job. I still have so much to learn through the academy but I fast tracked my way into a job!

I’ve gained mentors and peers that will forever be there to give feedback and answer questions. We’ve become a support team for each other. Shout out to my accountability group for all of their help on this journey.

Without IDOL courses Academy I wouldn’t have known even where to begin preparing for an ID job. Learning to create my portfolio and maximize LinkedIn (which is ultimately where my new position came through, a LinkedIn connection) were two things I was clueless about. I loved learning so many new tools that I knew nothing about." ~Jocelyn Hudson

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The IDOL courses Academy is one of the best decisions I have taken in life." ~Nancy Preetha Varshini

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL has been very helpful and motivating for me regarding my career. I could access plentiful of learning resources while getting prompt support from coaches and other experienced IDOL members." ~Thao Nguyen

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL courses Academy gave me the information and support I needed to stay motivated and tackle all the learning and skill-building I needed to do to make this transition. Robin and all the coaches were so responsive and willing to help, and the community of other learners was incredible. I 100% could not have done this without IDOL Academy." ~Jessica Pare

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The IDOL courses Academy truly changed my career path for the better. 

The knowledge and mentorship the Academy has provided me was the missing piece to the puzzle I needed." ~Jennifer De La Mota

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Dr. Robin Sargent and the IDOL Academy prepared me to land an instructional design job in less than one month. The self-paced learning modules, ongoing community support and lifelong access cannot be beaten. If you are looking to develop your IDOL practice and portfolio, join the IDOL Academy." ~Bryson

        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The most important thing in this journey is to work hard. If you study but don't apply what you learn, then you're not making the most out of your skills.

If you love what you do, even if you don't have experience, and if you work hard, something great will be waiting for you on the horizon. And remember that a dream without action is just a dream."

~Jessica Oberto

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I have been trying to transition out of teaching and into ID for a couple of years but I was not sure what steps to take. I felt that I had a lot of transferable skills but I wasn’t able to articulate that to companies when I was applying. After quitting my job and focusing on learning from IDOL, I developed the skills to necessary to be offered my first ID job!" ~Christine Prince

        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I had my moments of self-doubt during those three years it took me to reach my professional goal. I had to remind myself that because of my teaching experience I already have a very strong foundation for Instructional Design.

Much of our skills as teachers are transferable to the ID world. We just have to fill in a few gaps with adult learning theory and methodology." ~Gretchen Johanson

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The knowledge and experience gained from going through Academy is invaluable.

It will change your life." ~Lisa Hollon

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Even with 10+ years of experience with ILT, I knew I needed to improve my eLearning Development and ID skills as it was very clear that I had no idea what I was doing in those areas.

In such a short amount of time, Dr. Robin helped me feel confident in my newly acquired skills, put together a portfolio I'm really proud of and prepped me for an job interview (I nailed it!)

I'm so happy I opted in for the 1:1 sessions. Totally worth it!!" ~Kerri Duncan

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Joining IDOL Courses Academy was the BEST decision that I have ever made. It was a big jump for me after 14 years of teaching, but Robin and my fellow cohorts made me feel so at ease!

There were so many other teachers in the same position as me. It was so fun to cheer each other on. You will have a new profound acceptance of feedback.

This was the hardest part for me at first, but it turns out I THRIVE off feedback. I never felt stressed and always felt supported.

Thank you IDOL Courses Academy, for helping me start my brand new life as an Instructional Designer!!" ~Laura Giannotti

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I struggled through IDOL courses with overwhelm and thinking that I could never do it. 

I kept learning, applied anyway and I got an instructional design contract!" ~Adrienne Cooper

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The IDOL Academy is filled with tons of information.

I leaned on Dr. Robin's portfolio and job interviewing tips sections the most throughout my job hunting... I was more confident during interviews and had specific buzz words to say that piqued the interest of potential employers. I am forever grateful." ~Joakima Carter

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Since I started IDOL courses Academy, I have gone down many fun, informative rabbit holes of learning... My network has expanded exponentially.

Becoming an IDOL has been challenging and rewarding. I will be forever grateful for finding Dr. Robin Sargent and IDOL courses Academy. I am where I am meant to be." ~Marina Gibbons

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I wondered if there were really enough ID jobs to go around when I started. Then as I progressed through the program, more and more individuals were interested in interviewing me.

I was in several different final round interviews when I finally got the job offer I wanted.

Your hard work pays off. Keep going." ~Mandy Brown

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"There are so many useful things in the Academy, but there were two things that made the biggest difference for me. First, there is so much support! You have peers that are going through the same struggles and triumphs as you, knowledgeable coaches, and Robin herself is always present and willing to guide you.

Second, the real-world job experience. I was able to complete a freelance position set up through the Academy and used that to navigate many successful interviews. This was single-handedly the best investment I have ever made for my future." ~Rachel Schreiber

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I went into this experience knowing I'd learn a lot and be given plenty of resources.

What I didn't know, and what I valued the most, was the INCREDIBLE support system and family I would gain through IDOL Academy.." ~Helen Lafata

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The IDOL courses Academy helped me to revamp my portfolio and provided additional tools needed to become a stronger Instructional Designer.

Connecting with others in the group along with the weekly coaching calls helped to keep me motivated." ~Veronica Reed

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I was at a low point in my career - I felt like I wasn't learning anything new or improving my skills. I was just spiraling downwards and eventually I reached rock bottom.

That is when I discovered IDOL Courses Academy. With the help of Dr. Robin, IDOL Coaches and fellow IDOLs, I was able to boost my confidence, improve my skills and most importantly discover the next step of my career.    

I initially wanted to climb up the corporate ladder but later on I realized I want to go the freelancer route. IDOL Courses supported me by helping me improve my portfolio / LinkedIn profile (specifically to land projects), coming up with amazing portfolio pieces (which is still in progress), and helping me calculate project cost estimates. Plus with the help of their eLearning Freelancers Bootcamp, I had enough resources and templates to start transitioning to freelance.

Within weeks of following the Academy tips and getting endorsements / recommendations from my fellow IDOLs, I was able to land my first B2B client. And the most amazing part was my client found me.

I'm still on my way to claiming those badges but now, I know there's no other way but up.”

~Raiza Paras

        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I was a teacher for 15 years and had no clue that I was qualified for anything else. I heard about IDOL courses in a Facebook group and the rest is history! Robin and her team are so supportive and helped me with each step along the way. I have now landed a job that has almost doubled my income and most assuredly changes my life.

~Kristi Oliva

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

”There are so many great resources in IDOL Courses Academy, but the most helpful one for me is the community of peers and professionals that give constructive feedback on your portfolio. Everyone whom I have received feedback from has been very helpful and kind. I feel confident that IDOL Courses Academy will continue to be a valuable resource for me as I grow more in my career!” 

~Samuel Monroe

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

“Guess who's joining the IDOL Mug club!!!!! Signed an offer yesterday as a Learning Experience Designer at Prodigy Education!! My dream job at my dream company. This is the first time they've created a role like this at their company so it really was kismet! Guys, I didn't have my portfolio ready in time to apply for the role but I took a shot and applied anyway. I did submit some samples and I actually made a sample VILT facilitation guide for them too that I included in my application. Luckily I knew a few contacts in the org that were able to refer me which obviously helped to get my foot in the door. Could not have done this without IDOL academy! Not only did it give me the skills I needed to land this job but the feedback from our community really helped me to grow as a designer! I can't believe a few months ago I decided I wanted to make a career change and now here I am, hired as a LXD! You got this guys! #IdolAcademy, #idolmugclub“

~Auroosa Kazmi-Ishaq

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

“I discovered an amazing network of professionals. The coaches, mentors, and peers were very supportive and always there when I had questions. When I signed up I told myself that I deserve this. I did it for me. I wanted to make the transition into corporate Instructional Design. The IDOL Academy made that possible. It allowed me to stay motivated and most importantly, to focus on exactly what I want out of it.“

~Stanislav Nachev

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

Without the IDOL Academy, I would not have made it this far. The resources, support, and information I learned are priceless. This is such a worth self-investment. I am an IDOL fan for life!

~Fe'Dricka Moore

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

“IDOL courses Academy was the best decision I made for my career progression! I encourage you to soak up as much as you can from everything IDOL. Read, watch, take notes, utilize Trello to organize everything you want to read or do later, share your work, receive/give feedback, become active with LinkedIn and the IDOL Facebook groups, and practice/apply your skills in Storyline and other tools. Do a little every day to move you in a positive direction and you will achieve your goal!”

~Margie Bowling

        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL is an all-in-one package that elevates you in the ID field. The community is awesome and Dr Robin goes above and beyond for IDOLs."

~Patricia Nkem Okorie

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The IDOL Academy has opened for me so many career doors along with a precious and valuable online learning community. Dr. Robin and her team have and are still providing valuable content for me to grow as an Instructional Designer. Surprisingly, at every step of the way, I found the right content, the right post, the right timely feedback that empowered me to face my ID/career challenge. Beyond the monetary value that I put into this training, there are some things that you can't just buy such as confidence, love and peers' genuine support. For me the IDOL Academy went above and beyond my expectations. It did help me land an ID corporate job and finally proudly claim my instructional designer and developer identity. It sets a profound assumption fron the constant content updating : If you want to be in this field, you must be a lifelong learner flexible enough to meet the pace of this fast growing industry. I am happy to say that being a part of the IDOL Academy is not a one-time event for me, it sticks with you along this ID journey as long as you stick to it too. As I like to say as a multilingual : شكرا Merci 감사합니다 Thank you!"

~Nada El Maliki

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The IDOL academy was the best investment I’ve ever made in myself. I knew in 2018 that I wanted to pursue Instructional Design but had no experience. I attended an online certification program and while it put me in the right direction, I was no closer to my goals. Then, in August 2020, I learned about the IDOL academy. I immediately began researching it and after meeting with Robin, I made the leap. The change in my abilities in the last five months is incredible. I feel so much more confident and that is a result of the deliberate practice and the feedback system in place. Even during the job search, Robin and other coaches helped me with questions I had until I finally reached my goal of landing a job. In five months I went from going nowhere in my ID journey to landing a position with a prestigious learning company in my area."

~Adam Briggs

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Best Money Ever Spent!"

~Kristopher Brown

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The IDOL Courses Academy helped me feel more confident about my knowledge, perfect the industry lingo, see more of what's getting done out there, start building an actual portfolio and decide what parts of instructional design and e-learning development spoke to me the most. The support of the mentors and other members continues to be invaluable!"

~Maria Teixeira

        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL was a challenging and fulfilling journey. I met great people and made good friends. IDOL provided me with the knowledge and skills to have the confidence to pursue my goal of a career transition. I appreciate the mentoring, coaching and community feedback that made this experience complete for me."

~Samiya Hai

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I highly recommend the Academy because of all of the support and resources. Make your own timeline to learn and don't compare yourself to others. It took me a year because I was working on a Master's degree in ID and I had a specific type of instructional design job I was looking for."

~Paula Surdu

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The IDOL courses Academy is life changing. It gave me all of the resources and more that I could ever need to land an IDOL job. From the coaching calls to the community, to the many job-building assets, and everything in between, it’s everything I needed and more. Highly recommend!"

~Erika Cheek

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL courses Academy is a great way to get exactly what you need to enter the field of ID, up your skills, and get yourself ready for a new job."

~Dr. Christina Agvent

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The IDOL courses Academy gave me the skills, experience, and mentorship that I needed to grow as an Instructional Designer. I was lost before the Academy and seriously considered going back to school for another degree. In the Academy, I was able to learn key ID concepts, revamp my existing portfolio, develop assets for my portfolio, gain paid experience opportunities, as well as build a stellar resume and LinkedIn profile. I wouldn't be where I am today without the guidance and support of Dr. Robin Sargent and my peers in the group. I'm forever grateful. Joining the IDOL courses Academy is by far the best career decision I've ever made!"

~Amanda McCroskey

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Loved the support and community, especially the valuable mentor feedback and recordings!"

~D. Sophia Schreiner

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"This is what you need to really get your ID career on track. The content is good, the mentorship is good, and you will be part of a supportive community of people who share your goals. If you want to jumpstart your ID career, this is an excellent investment!"

~Dr. Melissa Machit

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I've been making PowerPoints for 15 years as an educator. I taught others how to become Microsoft Specialists in PowerPoint. I never considered myself an Instructional Designer, until I started the IDOL courses Academy.
I made $500 for an Instructor-Led presentation, that was made using PowerPoint, Vyond, and Canva. In less than 2 months I have clients (never intended on Freelance) and truly enjoy my work. ✌️ classroom!
"

~Michelle Flint

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Honestly, this was the best investment I ever made in MYSELF. I started slow because I had a child born around the same time as I started my first cohort. The #DoItMessy jumpstart was a game-changer for me. Once I changed my mindset from perfection-oriented to outcomes-oriented and from defeat to triumph, everything fell into place. I took deliberate practice seriously and my goals were achieved in kind."

~Cassandra Root

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

“IDOL Courses Academy was vital to my successful career change. Without IDOL, I would never have had the skills to make a career change. I am telling ALL of my friends to join the next cohort! Thank you, Robin! I am officially an IDOL!“

~Katherine Warren

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

“Because of IDOL I was able to double my income and work from home. This is only the beginning, I plan to triple my income and I could only do this because of the academy.“

~Renee Rose

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

“Stay engaged at some level. You're going to feel discouraged sometimes, but as long as you stay somewhat engaged, those from the group words will change your thoughts, then your actions will start to change. Thank you, IDOL courses Academy!“

~Jazmine Reynolds

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

“I couldn't have done it without the IDOL Academy. I have learned so much and gotten so much support. I am so grateful that I will continue to have their help!“

~Star Peterson

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

“The reason I will tell everyone about the academy isn't even the most obvious reasons like, the support and mentorship is amazing, the community we build, the generosity of information and sharing of experience... no. All of that is true and awesome... but the reason I want to bring my mug to work and tell everyone about the academy is because of the lifelong access (which honors my desire to be a lifelong learner while living my life - without the stress of having to finish going through all of the module within a small window of time). No pressure. Just stellar content, an always-invitation to grow, and a community of generous and talented people focused on making the world a better place through re-imagining the field of learning while modeling a different way to be with each other. Cooperation and creativity over Competition and strict structure. I love that i am an IDOL. I love Robin for her journey and confidence to build this, and I love the people I've met. And although I've finished my 8 week cohort, my journey in this direction has only just begun!! BIG LOVE~

~Jen Slusser-MacTernan

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

“IDOL was instrumental in elevating my elearning and instructional design skillset. The program offered many opportunities to explore new processes and learn new tools. Highly recommend“

~Christopher Wertz

        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

“Yesterday I was offered a permanent position as an enterprise Learning Consultant with Kaiser Permanente. In the 22 months since I signed up with your first cohort, I’ve manifested an incredible change in my career - and in my life - and I appreciate the guidance and support you’ve extended to me throughout my experience in the IDOL courses Academy.“

~Molly Parsons

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL courses Academy gave me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and look for another job. It helped me nail the interviews, and I felt empowered using all the ID lingo I acquired in all the mentoring sessions. It has helped me with different tools available. And finally, I feel that i have a army of knowledgeable professionals I can tap into with questions. That is invaluable! Thank you IDOL courses!" ~Alexia Lawrie

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL courses Academy gave me the tools and confidence to pursue this career path outside of k-12 education. In less than 3 months, I was able to build a strong portfolio, improve my resume, build a network, and land an IDOL job. I could never have done this without the Academy and its amazing community. I am thrilled to be a part of it!"

~Samantha Collier

        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL courses Academy gave me all the tools necessary to grow my ID skills. The guidance provided by the mentors, coaches, and Dr. Robin herself gave me the confidence to set lofty goals and put in the work to achieve them. Their belief in me helped me grow the belief in myself. I knew it was possible to transition from teaching to instructional design as long as I was willing to work hard to prove my skills as a teacher could indeed transfer to the corporate world. I would not have been able to land my first IDOL job if it wasn’t for IDOL courses Academy!"

~Amanda Kulik

        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I never would have landed a job without IDOL. Despite having a Masters in Instructional Design, I didn't have the portfolio, resume, LinkedIn, etc. set up to attract anything. I went from not even making it through the ATS, to recruiters calling me several times a week. Beyond the training, IDOL has the best community, support, and help whenever you need it."

~Elizabeth Campbell

        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL courses Academy was the best decision I made! I had looked for free resources out there, but I had a time deadline and I wanted to make sure I could meet it. The #doitmessy jumpstart motivated me to dive right in. I was going to spend extra money on creating a website, but Dr. Robin's tips saved me from that additional expense. The community was amazing and feedback was always given on any portfolio piece I posted. The feedback was invaluable. The course provides so much information. I have been able to go back within the course and reference what I need for my new job. I had read almost every blog entry and listened to all of the Become an IDOL podcasts debating on whether to join. I have zero regrets. It has been one of the top course purchases I have ever made."

~Liz Deal

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The community that I found in IDOL was so huge in my career transition. Robin has created something truly special with IDOL and I could not recommend it more strongly to those looking to transition into the IDOL sector." ~Justin Morello

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL is the best thing that could've happened to me. I'd been contemplating leaving teaching for YEARS. I made the decision during Thanksgiving Break. I did a lot of research on career paths and landed on ID. I heard Robin's podcast and all the success stories and HAD to check it out. I did the 2 week challenge, then signed up for the 8 week course. Do it Messy was a genius idea that made me dive in headfirst without knowing much! I have learned so much about the complex ID world, but know wholeheartedly that the hands on project based IDOL course is what landed me my first IDOL job in LESS THAN 3 MONTHS. I honestly haven't even finished the course yet, but the course layout was done so well, I was able to get the nuts and bolts of what I needed, i.e. portfolio, tools, and, LinkedIn, resume, interviews, etc. The mentor sessions each week are extremely beneficial and I gained a lot from mentors who've been through the program. On top of that, the cohort/community was and still is nothing but extremely supportive! I am still in denial about landing a job after my first ID interview to boot! I recommend it to ANYONE wanting to get in the field!"

~Jaime Paulsen

          

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Trust the process. Trust yourself. Do the work in the Academy that speaks to your future self. The wealth of knowledge and new skillsets available for you to learn may seem insurmountable, but instead of doubting yourself, just focus on what makes the most sense for you today and tomorrow. You WILL find your way even when you least expect it. IDOL will not let you down even when you do doubt yourself."

~Laura Metz

          

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I was terrified. I thought I would be in education forever, so when I decided to leave it all behind without a plan for what was next, most people thought I was crazy, including me. IDOL courses Academy showed me a side of myself I didn't even know existed. I always used to say I'm not very tech savvy and yet here I was creating courses on Storyline. If I can do it, you can do it!"

~Danielle Fogel-Lujan

          

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Joining the IDOL courses Academy was one of the best investments I've ever made for myself. The lessons were well-organized and easy to follow. The whole IDOL community was supportive and encouraging. Getting feedback from the IDOL couches and community definitely helped me to improve tremendously. Thanks Dr. Robin for sharing the do-it-messy and take action mindsets. These mindsets helped me to reach my ID goal faster than I can ever imagined! I couldn't believe I get to transition from a teacher to a corporate ID in banking in less than 4 months. If you love learning and wanted to land an ID job, give yourself a chance and join IDOL Courses Academy."

~Elaine Gan

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The IDOL academy allowed me to work through the course at my own pace and the workshops and mentor sessions were so valuable! I gained experience and skills FAST and was able to apply and land interviews within three months. I built my portfolio with the help and support of other academy members and was able to stand out among other candidates, even though I was just a “teacher”." ~Lauren Byerly

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"JOIN THE ACADEMY! There's nothing else like it out there as far as content and support. If I hadn't joined the Academy when I did, I wouldn't have gotten my ID dream job in just a few short months!"

~Stephanie Wharton

            

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I am so thankful I took a chance and signed up for the academy. I was able to learn what I needed to quickly yet thoroughly, and found my dream remote job only 4 months later!"

~Kelly Hagen 

            

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"This course taught me to use the skills I already know I have and convert them into a corporate friendly environment. I learned to use my pre-existing skills as an educator and apply them towards a fast-paced learning environment with adult learners. With the help of the resources in the Academy, my mentor and coaches, Robin, and the rest of the IDOL family, I not only crushed my IDOL goals, but landed my dream job. If anyone out there is doubting their profession, but knowing their worth, then join IDOL Academy."

~Jennifer Sweet

            

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"If you're serious about becoming an Instructional Designer, the IDOL Academy is worth more than what you pay. There is now way you'll find everything you need to know to land an Idol job just by researching and taking courses in college. This is coming from someone finishing his Masters in Education Technology. IDOL Academy literally has step by step everything you need to land an IDOL job."

~Corry Worrell

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL courses Academy was invaluable in landing my new position! I wouldn't have done it without the support and guidance the Academy provides." ~Jennifer Leighton

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Enrolling in IDOL Courses Academy was one of the best investments in my career."

~Lonette Robinson

              

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I am truly ecstatic! Very excited for all of the knowledge and experience that I will gain in the Academy. I look forward to learning and growing as a newbie in the ID role."

~Shaunda Reynolds

              

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I'm so grateful that I have IDOL courses and its members in my corner. The Academy helped keep me motivated and prepared me to reach for my dream job!"

~Catie Blackburn

              

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I chose to be part of the IDOL courses Academy because I loved the structure of the course and the ability to earn badges along the way. What I didn’t realize is that I would get to build relationships with other members who were in the same boat as me, wanting to leave the classroom. Having that lifelong support means so much because now I feel like I’m not alone and I can ask for advice, when I need it. Thank you so much IDOL courses Academy!"

~Pricila Chinchilla

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Enrolling in IDOL courses Academy showed me that I have the ability to transition careers without having to discount the MEd I already have, and that having worked as a teacher is valuable asset with so many unrecognized skills and untapped potential. To see how many people began in similar circumstances to mine, and how many were successful in transitioning to corporate instructional design & professional development, was a major confidence booster to show myself that change was possible, no matter how impossible it may have seemed at the time." ~Amanda Huff

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Idol courses gave me the knowledge, support, and confidence I needed to pursue a career in instructional design."

~Summer Robinson

                

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL Courses Academy has been essential to my transition to instructional design. The instruction, coaching, and mentor support has provided a well-rounded experience. In addition to industry knowledge and skills, the academy provides job search support, accountability, and opportunities for experience."

~Cassie Janda

                

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL Courses Academy gave me all of the tools I needed to make the jump from teaching to Instructional Design. My interviewer was so impressed with my skills that she CREATED a job for me. I could not have accomplished my goals without the help of my mentors and coaches and the greater IDOL community!"

~Ricky Fisher

                

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I was in the 5th cohort, but with some serious medical issues, didn't have time to commit to my IDOL goal until the 6th cohort started in January 2021. I'm writing this on July 1st--my goal date for turning in my resignation. There is POWER in writing down your goals, working with an accountability group, and using the entire IDOL community for guidance and feedback. The IDOL content, community, mentors and coaches helped me so much in my resume revamp, portfolio build, application and interview process. I love that it is lifetime access and that I can continue to use the IDOL resources as a grow in a new role!!!"

~Holli Prior

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL has helped me with a push to finish my portfolio, updating my resume, and updating my LinkedIn profile. By being able to talk with mentors and coaches as well as getting feedback on assets I created, I was able to move forward with job applications and interviews. After many interviews and a few final round ones, I received an offer and accepted. I know my work in IDOL as well as the connections I have made helped in many ways." ~Kari Everett

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL Academy is an outstanding investment in your own personal growth. My skills and abilities grew exponentially in six short months with the experiences provided by the kindest, most encouraging and professional group of mentors and coaches in the Academy! I now have a dream remote Instructional Designer position working for a nonprofit and lifelong friends made in the Academy."

~April Black

                  

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Before IDOL I couldn't even land an unpaid internship. In 5 weeks, with the help of the IDOL mentors and coaches, I was able to land my first contract. Dedication, Determination, and Discipline are what helped get organized , prioritize, and manage my time through this program. Setting weekly goals, asking questions, and networking. I didn't apply to this job, I still don't even have a portfolio up, I was contacted through LinkedIn after I put in the work to optimize it per IDOL instructions. After that, I started getting contacted by recruiters. So, thank you IDOL courses Academy to teaching me how to be an IDOL!"

~Christina McShine de Jiménez

                  

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Before the IDOL course I started on my website, storyboard, Storyline course. During the Do It Messy challenge, I finalized my website and my course. I worked on everything for hours during my summer off, and made a website and course that made me truly happy."

~Michelle Pownall

                  

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The IDOL courses Academy is so worth it! The amount of ID material I learned and portfolio I created in a short amount of time landed me a job my second time interviewing! I’m forever thankful to have found IDOL. 💚"

~Stephanie Hoover

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The amount of support and help from the mentors is awesome. Having them in your corner helping you fight imposter syndrome and encouraging you is priceless. Having supportive cohort members has been awesome too. We are so happy we became members of this community." ~Clark & Denise Winslow

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL was my first step in my Instructional Design journey and gave me an excellent starting point as I expanded my skillset.

~Jessica Blair

                    

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"A lot of teachers go about their careers year in and year out whether they're happy or not. They just think, "this is it for me." Being a part of the IDOL family (Cohort 6) has shown me that I have so many skills that are transferrable and valuable to other industries. I'm proud to say that I've landed a position with a wonderful Edtech company and I couldn't be happier. I plan to continue with IDOL to further improve my skills and keep looking ahead to growing and learning."

~Jonathan Aker

                    

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I really enjoy being able to continue to follow what's going on inside the Academy each cohort. While sometimes I felt like I struggled to get feedback from members outside of my peer group I always got the help I needed from coaches and Mentors. I'm really grateful I joined and I do recommend it to others."

~Wendy Ross

                    

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I am so happy that I joined IDOL. I still haven't gone through even half of the resources but am so excited to! I did a few months of work prior to IDOL that I feel like gave me a really good teaser before I started. The community, network, and resources were all worth the investment. I love that I have lifelong access and can continue my IDOL learning!"

~Courtney Peterson

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The Academy really helped me get my confidence back after being unemployed for a year. Dr. Robin knows what she's talking about and the coaches are amazing especially Chris Wertz."

~Lauren Kristensen

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL gave me the motivation to really put myself out there with my portfolio and resume. It gave me the confidence to dig into the tools and "do it messy!"

~Hilary Graham

                      

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I’m so happy that I found IDOL Academy. Not only did it help me fill the gaps between teaching and instructional design, it also gave me the tools to navigate the job search process. Their life time access to the allowed me to take my time switching careers while caring for my newborn."

~Maya Haritan

                      

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL Academy has been life changing. I landed this job thanks to the support of a fellow IDOL who referred me to the job post and encouraged me to apply. My IDOL mentor has encouraged me every step of the way to put myself out there. My IDOL coaches helped to to build strong portfolio assets and craft an eye catching resume. I began applying for jobs on August 1 and had 15+ interviews between August 5 - August 20. This would not have happened without the community of support I found in IDOL."

~Catherine Bell

                      

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"This is a true community of practice. It seamlessly combines theory with hands-on experience, encourages learners to start creating, and provides a great mechanism for asset-sharing and peer and coach feedback. Grow your skills, earn badges along the way and each day, increase your confidence that you are in the right place. I landed my first instructional design position in less than three months of joining."

~Tammi Kennedy

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I would not have landed a corporate ID position had it not been for all the tips, tricks, advice and expertise shared with me in the IDOL course Academy. The mentors were so supportive and willing to help. As a recovering perfectionist, I appreciated the nudge to #doitmessy and just get moving. The Academy is vast and deep, it is the investment that keeps giving me a place to sharpen my skills. A lifetime of professional development. I am grateful to Dr. Robin and my mentors for all their support!"

~Rebecca Pollard

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"I didn't really know what instructional design was before finding IDOL, but when I found out, I was intrigued! I joined the January 2021 cohort and landed my very first ID interview 2 weeks later after finishing the "Do It Messy" jumpstart. Life got in the way as I finished the academic year (I was a teacher), but I started taking IDOL seriously again over the summer. Within a couple of weeks, I had interviews lined up every single day and landed my first full-time instructional designer position in under a month. I couldn't have done this without the structure, guidance, and support of IDOL!"

~Jenna Bassi

                        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"Words cannot express what I have experienced with IDOL courses Academy. The support I received from Dr. Robin, mentors and peers has been stellar. I cannot believe I have landed my job within 10 weeks of my start date! I thought it would take longer than that, but going into the interviews I realized that I knew more than I thought I did. Confidence is key! I would recommend this program to anyone with high regard. Thank you IDOL for helping me land my dream job!"

~Cynthia Berry

                        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"The IDOL Academy transformed my life and career! I wanted to transition out of teaching and into the L&D industry prior to learning about IDOL Academy. I sent out over 30 applications with not a single interview request. I knew I needed to learn more in order to actually land an interview and job. IDOL Academy was the perfect program for me to do so! Just a couple months after joining IDOL Academy I was being contacted by recruiters on a weekly basis! I learned the skills necessary to be hirable. Creating a portfolio, learning the eLearning authoring tools, learning the adult learning theories, revamping my resume and LinkedIn profile made me more marketable in this industry. Not only did I land a job, I had 3 other offers as well! I owe it to the wonderful mentorship provided in the IDOL Academy. Thank you IDOL!!!"

~Kerry Gannon

                        

What would you like to tell others about your experience in the IDOL courses Academy?

"IDOL Academy gave me the tools I needed to succeed in the instructional design and eLearning development world. What you put in is what you get out of it. I learned everything from adult learning theories, to software, to landing a job in the ID world. Very grateful for the academy, mentors, and what they offer!"

~Laura Mintert