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Practical Advice for Pursuing a Career in Learning & Development

  • September 22, 2016
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
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Transitioning into a new career is never easy, but it’s helpful to understand what you’re getting into and to have a game plan. This program is for people considering getting into the field of learning and development (L&D) – also known as training and development (T&D), talent development (TD), workforce performance improvement, and other names. If you are a new graduate, a professional considering a career change, or simply exploring possibilities, come join us for this informative and engaging, live-virtual program.

Russ Powell of Peregrine Performance Group, a 20-year learning industry veteran, has been collecting advice and recommendations for new graduates from many of his colleagues in the field and shares them in this program. He has teamed up with Brandon Carson, Director of Learning at The Home Depot, and they will be co-presenting.

You can expect to learn the following:

  • Common motivations for working in the field of training and development
  • Advice from current practitioners for getting into the field
  • Advice for making career transitions

You can use any or all of these to help you learn about the field and further your preparations for entering it.

You will of course also have an opportunity to ask questions. If we can’t answer the questions during the meeting, we’ll do our best to get answers to you as soon as possible following the meeting. 

What are your questions?

If you have questions about getting into the field of L&D that you’d like us to try and answer during the program, leave them for us at this link: We’ll do our best to answer them during the program.

About the presenters: Russ Powell and Brandon Carson

Russ Powell, Principal Consultant at Peregrine Performance Group, is a 20-year learning-industry veteran who helps mid-sized and large businesses create effective and affordable professional training programs. His programs help business leaders reduce high rates of turnover, increase customer satisfaction, maintain quality and profitability, and increase employee productivity.

Russ’ specialties include performance-based instructional design, eLearning project management, design and development of instructional videos, sales training, and training program evaluation.

Over the course of his career, Russ has worked a variety of companies across many industries including Roche, Genentech, GoDaddy, Sun Microsystems, Hilton Worldwide, the United States Coast Guard, Pixar and NASA Space Flight Center. He and his firm have received many outstanding achievement awards for their corporate learning programs.

Russ holds degrees in the behavioral sciences from Georgia State University and Loyola University. He’s also an avid juggler and photographer.

Brandon Carson, Director of Learning at The Home Depot, will be joining us as a guest co-presenter. Brandon is an award-winning, innovative training leader with an exemplary track record in learning strategy and execution. He is a past board-member of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA), a current committee member of ATD, and he frequently writes and presents about learning-related topics.

Brandon holds an M.Ed. in eLearning Technology and Design and a B.A. in Business Communications as well as advanced ISPI certification in analysis. For The Home Depot, Brandon and his team design and develop learning experiences across the enterprise, including all U.S. store associates.

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