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Instructional designers without strong portfolios often feel frustrated and overwhelmed when searching for jobs or clients. There's a lot of competition—and, without a strong portfolio, it's tough to set yourself apart from the crowd.
When you do have a great portfolio that shows off in-demand skills, you don't have to worry about finding opportunities. Landing interviews becomes the norm, and clients come to you to see if you're available for freelance work.
Better yet, a great portfolio establishes you in the field and builds your credibility. It shows off what you're capable of and helps you get noticed. In short, it makes landing ID opportunities easier than ever before.
"Before joining Devlin’s bootcamp, I was struggling to find a healthy work-life balance as a teacher. I loved teaching students, but I didn’t love losing my nights and weekends at the expense of my physical and mental health. I discovered instructional design, but I didn’t know how to actually go about transitioning. That is where Devlin’s bootcamp, resources, and community came in.
After finding Devlin's content and joining the bootcamp, I knew there was no turning back. I joined a community of helpful industry professionals and fellow transitioning teachers that provided me with daily support and feedback.
The bootcamp also made it easy for me to quickly gain the skills necessary to break into the field. I started to feel confident with the leading industry tools and theories, all while building a network and being exposed to fresh ideas during weekly team meet-ups.
As a result of the bootcamp, I was able to land an amazing opportunity as an instructional designer within just a few months. My flagship project started conversations, landed me interviews, and eventually helped me secure job offers. I was able to combine my theoretical knowledge with a practical deliverable that showcased my technical skills and passion for learning.
I feel capable and valued, which may never have happened without this community and content. I am excited to continue learning, growing, and connecting - hopefully alongside other transitioning teachers who are ready to take the leap."
It's so much harder to build your skills and create a great portfolio without feedback from experienced instructional designers, and hiring managers can tell the difference between great portfolios and "okay" portfolios.
That's why the bootcamp includes in-depth, actionable feedback on all of your portfolio deliverables. You'll work with experienced, successful instructional designers who are currently working in the field, and we'll help you improve your skills, create impressive projects, and earn high salaries and rates.
It can be tough struggling with new concepts and not being able to ask questions. Sometimes, things are explained more easily on a call.
That's why the bootcamp includes personalized feedback, coaching, and support from skilled instructional designers with 10-20 years of experience. We'll help you achieve your goals faster and move past roadblocks in no time.
The bootcamp pros will work with you to provide personalized feedback, support, and coaching. They each have 10+ years of experience, and they've helped shape the bootcamp into what it is today.
You can learn more about each bootcamp pro by reading their bios below.
Nicole has 20+ years of experience designing instruction, managing projects, and developing eLearning. She has extensive corporate experience, and she currently consults with global brands to help them design comprehensive learning solutions.
Robbie has 12+ years experience designing learning experiences and coaching learning professionals. He has built a training program from the ground up, and he currently works on eLearning projects for clients worldwide.
Joanna has 10+ years of experience designing learning experiences for global audiences and building wide-scale curricula. She transitioned into the field from education, and she currently works as an ID at Amazon.
You're not in this alone, and everyone in the bootcamp does their best to help their peers. When you join, you can network with bootcampers who work at top companies, get support from people who have completed their portfolios, and build long-lasting professional relationships that will elevate your career.
"Before joining the bootcamp, I was working on the transition from teaching to instructional design. After a few months of upskilling on my own, I knew I would benefit from more guidance and structure. That’s when I enrolled in Devlin’s ID Bootcamp.
Right away, the content and community exceeded my high expectations. The courses provided invaluable information in an easy-to-follow format, and the community provided endless support. One of the most helpful pieces was the continuous feedback from the bootcamp pros. Each pro provided unique insight that helped me iterate on my project until it was in its final, polished form.
The bootcamp helped me build a flagship project and portfolio that I’m incredibly proud of. As I approached the job market, I felt confident calling myself a learning experience designer and talking with prospective employers about my design process. I was even approached by a few recruiters and hiring managers to apply for roles within their companies after they saw my portfolio on Linkedin.
Ultimately, my portfolio helped me land multiple offers and a great position with my dream company, all thanks to Devlin’s bootcamp!"
University programs cover the theory, but how do you prepare yourself for the real tasks that instructional designers perform on a daily basis?
The bootcamp gives you hands-on experience with the most in-demand tools in the industry.
Rather than bombard you with hour-long lectures, the bootcamp includes bite-sized videos that give you exactly what you need to start building, iterating, and collecting feedback.
Many bootcampers land opportunities before they complete their portfolios due to the skills and process that they learn.
Visual design can be difficult, especially if you're not graphically trained.
However, people make snap judgments based on how things look and feel. If your portfolio or projects don't look professional, then it can have a drastic impact on your search for new opportunities.
That's why we prepare you to design beautiful learning experiences: we'll help you create a mood board, style guide, and visual mockups, and we'll give you in-depth feedback every step of the way.
Creating a strong project for your portfolio is more than half the battle, and it's really important that it shows off the right skills if you want to get noticed.
That's why the bootcamp helps you create a story-driven, scenario-based eLearning project that highlights the full range of your in-demand instructional design skills and solves a real-world problem.
This project shows employers and clients that you know your stuff, and it gives you a strong framework that you can use to ace interviews and land work.
"Once I joined the bootcamp, I knew I had made the right decision. The structured modules, the community space, the opportunities for feedback, and the overall support from Devlin enabled me to succeed. Had I gone through this process on my own, I’m not sure if I would have been where I am at today.
My biggest accomplishment, aside from developing a flagship project for my portfolio, was landing my dream role with Amazon Web Services as a Curriculum Developer. The bootcamp allowed me to network with the right people and get the resources I needed to be successful in the interview process.
It’s pretty easy for me to say that I fulfilled my dream, and that is in big thanks to the bootcamp and the support that I received."
If you want to stand out in the market and land great opportunities, then a certificate isn't going to do much for you.
Employers and potential clients care about your skillset and the quality of work that you can do. Nothing speaks to this better than a high-end portfolio.
That's why, in the bootcamp, we'll help you create a visually appealing portfolio full of projects that solve real problems. This puts you leagues ahead of people relying on a certificate to get a job.
Once you've done the hard work and created your portfolio, we'll help you present your past experience in instructional design terms and optimize your LinkedIn and resume accordingly.
This will help you secure a steady flow of interviews, and we'll also help you prepare for interview day and land competitive offers.
When it's time to land paid work, you can leverage our industry connections to get referrals to some of the world's top companies.
The growing bootcamp alumni network also comes to the bootcamp first when they're looking for their next hire. Put in the work, apply our feedback, and say hello to new opportunities.
"I joined Devlin’s bootcamp at the end of 2020 when I was working at a college-prep company. I didn’t have instructional design experience and I didn’t know what I should do to even pass the resume screening. However, joining Devlin's bootcamp and applying what I learned at my company helped me incredibly.
When I saw Devlin was opening a new bootcamp cohort, I didn’t hesitate to join. I learned how to hone my projects and put together a portfolio; I learned how to build a portfolio website and prepare for interviews; I got the best feedback from my peers and Devlin through live sessions, and I am so grateful for all of this!
After 2 months of working with Devlin, I improved the training materials for my previous employer and, eventually, they decided to publish the materials as their official documents. I built my portfolio website and crafted my resume with the guidance from the bootcamp content and my peers. In the end, I got 3 interview invitations from the first 10 applications I sent out.
Now I am working as a Content Designer at Reforge, a leading online professional education company based in San Francisco. My work is more eLearning development-oriented than instructional design. It is exactly what I wanted and I couldn't have done this without Devlin, his bootcamp, and my peers.
The best thing about this bootcamp is how closely it aligns with the industry requirements — what you learn and do will be most relevant to what employers are looking for. So if you’re looking to fast-track your ID journey and set yourself up for success, there are no better places to do so than in Devlin’s bootcamp."
When you join the bootcamp, you get access to all of our practical, hands-on courses. They'll help you build your skills, land the best opportunities, and make a real impact in the ID roles that you land.
Learn Storyline to a professional level and create eight portfolio-worthy projects in the process.
Follow a proven ID process to create a story-driven, scenario-based eLearning project that will shine on your portfolio.
Create a stand-out portfolio website that shows off who you are and what you're capable of to land opportunities.
Position your past experience in a powerful light and land more interviews with a well-tailored resume.
Prepare for your ID interview like never before and craft thought-out responses to every question.
Optimize your LinkedIn profile and network so that recruiters reach out to you instead of the other way around.
"I joined Devlin’s bootcamp because I wanted to seriously up my game and land my dream role in the eLearning industry. I felt this was the right move because I not only wanted to build a solid portfolio—I also wanted 1-on-1 support and good critical feedback on my work.
Devlin was instrumental in helping me develop a killer portfolio and giving the kind of feedback I was looking for to truly improve. In the end, I was able to garner an amazing E-Learning Developer position at Sephora, an international beauty brand that not only aligns strongly with my own values, but that I’m also a huge personal fan of. I couldn’t be happier with the way this all turned out, and I’m sure that I wouldn’t be where I am without Devlin’s guidance and coaching."
Most people who join the bootcamp are current or former educators who are trying to land remote, corporate instructional design roles in the US making around $85k per year.
However, we also support anyone who would like to upskill or land competitive opportunities in the instructional design and eLearning space. The bootcamp is a particularly good fit for:
"When I enrolled in Devlin’s ID Bootcamp, I had some knowledge of curriculum development through my teaching background, but a limited understanding of how to apply learning theory to adult learning in the workplace.
Through the ID bootcamp, I was able to interact with other instructional designers at many different levels, ask questions, receive valuable feedback, and observe a wide variety of creative learning projects. Although it was intimidating at first, I quickly became comfortable with the community of amazing professionals within the ID bootcamp and gained so much valuable knowledge from our interactions.
Devlin also provided an abundance of user-friendly content and instruction regarding the technological tools available and the design process, and he also provided personalized feedback on each step of my project development and visual design.
I have now fully transitioned from classroom teaching to a Learning and Development role, and I am thrilled to be able to use my knowledge and skills in this context. I am so grateful for the skills and confidence that I acquired in this program, and I look forward to continuing to interact with this community of instructional designers who have been so generous in sharing their expertise."
You will need to put in work to see your desired results. The bootcamp experience relies on iteration and participation. This is not a passive experience or a magic ticket to getting a job.
However, if you do the work, engage with the community, and apply feedback, then you will fast-track your success and land great opportunities.
Everyone who has completed the ID Bootcamp and applied our feedback has been able to land opportunities successfully in the field.
That's why we'll offer you a full, 100% refund if you're not able to land paid instructional design work after completing the bootcamp and applying our feedback. We want to make this as risk-free as possible, and we guarantee that you'll see a return on your investment.
"When I joined Devlin’s Bootcamp, I was in my 8th year of teaching and looking to transition out of the classroom and into corporate instructional design. I selected Devlin’s Bootcamp after seeing his contributions to the L&D community and his genuine desire to help others improve.
After joining, I felt encouraged and supported by Devlin and the bootcamp community as a whole. Their constructive, actionable feedback helped me create a flagship project, portfolio website, and supporting projects, and my skillset improved rapidly along the way.
My flagship project and portfolio website helped me land a remote instructional design job that doubled my salary. I’m excited for this new opportunity to create learning experiences for others that uses my new skills and my expertise as an educator. I’m proud of my hard work and thankful for Devlin’s support."
Devlin started his freelance business as a master’s student, and by focusing on building his skills and a strong portfolio, he quickly began earning over six figures per year. Using what he learned, he helped many of his friends and peers land high-paying corporate jobs and freelance clients.
After refining his approach to the ID market, Devlin created the bootcamp to scale his impact. He has helped hundreds of instructional designers upskill and land opportunities, and he built a team of highly-skilled instructional designers to provide you the support, feedback, and guidance that you need to succeed.
"When the pandemic hit, I decided it was going to be my last year teaching in a public school. I was ready to change my career for something that offers more freedom and flexibility. I learned instructional design through an online Master’s program, but it wasn’t until joining Devlin’s bootcamp that I truly got my feet wet in the field.
Joining the bootcamp gave me the hands-on practice I needed to enhance my technical skills, do paid work, and ace interviews. Learning how to build a scenario-based project using the tools and the structure provided by the bootcamp helped me provide ample sample work that landed me a full-time opportunity, even before finishing my portfolio website.
I'm so happy to have successfully transitioned into this new career. I'm looking forward to making a real difference at my organization, all while earning a higher salary and enjoying better work-life balance. I couldn't have done it without the bootcamp!"
Once you join the bootcamp, your access does not expire. You will get access to all future content updates, lifetime access to the community + networking events, and personalized feedback on your bootcamp deliverables.
The general timeline to complete the bootcamp and begin applying to roles is five months. However, your timeline depends on your current skill level, your availability, and your ability to apply feedback.
Some people complete the bootcamp in half of the time, and some people take twice as long. Your pace is up to you.
Most people commit around 5 hours per week to the bootcamp. However, due to the nature of the bootcamp, your pace is up to you.
Some people spend 1-2 hours per week on their projects, and other people treat the bootcamp as a full-time job. We have systems in place to support and help you achieve your goals no matter how much time you can commit.
The bootcamp will help you build in-demand instructional design skills, create an impressive portfolio, and navigate the job market so that you can confidently secure some of the best opportunities on the market.
Most of our students accept remote instructional design jobs in the corporate space, and the average compensation is 85k USD. Some of our students land six-figure offers without ever having held a formal instructional design job.
You will receive multiple rounds of professional reviews on each of your bootcamp deliverables so that you can land an instructional design role that you're happy with.
You'll receive this feedback and support by asking questions in our private bootcamp community spaces. We'll respond as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours) via text, personalized video, or an invitation to a 1-on-1 meeting.
You can also get feedback on your bootcamp deliverables by joining Devlin or the bootcamp pros on the weekly bootcamp-only workshops.
The bootcamp includes a combination of self-paced video content, personalized feedback via a private community space, and weekly workshops with Devlin Peck and the Bootcamp Pros.
Here's how you can expect to engage with the bootcamp:
The bootcamp deliverables include your project idea, action map, storyboard, visual mockups, interactive prototype, final project, process write-up, portfolio website, resume, and more.
The bootcamp includes full access to all of the courses that we offer. The practical content will help you build in-demand skills and create your bootcamp deliverables. Overall, the content will help you:
In addition to the self-paced content, we'll also provide personalized feedback and support to help you with all of this (and more).
To complete the bootcamp, you will need access to a computer that can run Articulate Storyline. Most computers made within the past 5 years can accomplish this task. Also note that if you have a Mac computer, you will need a program called Parallels to run Storyline easily on your Mac. This is not uncommon and there are many tutorials on how to set this up.
You do not need to purchase any software to complete the bootcamp, but doing so may make your life easier or give you access to more powerful tools.
You will need access to Articulate Storyline 360, and most people complete the program using the free trial. You can request extensions on the trial as needed.
Many people also choose to use Adobe XD, Adobe Illustrator, and / or Adobe Photoshop to complete their flagship projects, but these programs are not required and there are many free and low-cost alternatives.
Finally, you will need to build and host your portfolio website. There are free options, such as Google Sites, but many people go the paid route with SquareSpace.
Other optional software expenses (and free software that you'll use) include Vyond or Animaker for animated videos, MindMeister for action maps, Circle for community engagement, Zoom for live workshops, and Google Docs for storyboarding. You also may choose to purchase visual assets for your project(s), although this is not required.
You must be fluent in English to get the most out of the bootcamp and see the best results. Most instructional design roles in the USA require native-level English proficiency, so keep this in mind when applying to the bootcamp.
We have had students across North America, Western Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East, and some students have completed the bootcamp to then land full-time roles in their primary langauges. This is an option as long as you are fluent in English so that you can apply feedback during the bootcamp.
You do not need any background knowledge to join the ID Bootcamp. Our program is designed to take you from "brand new to the field" to confident, professional instructional designer with in-demand skills and a strong portfolio to back you up.
That being said, it wouldn't hurt to immerse yourself in the field via my free YouTube videos, suggested reading, and the broader instructional design community. You can do all of this alongside your bootcamp experience if you choose to (although this is not required).
Since bootcamp seats are limited and we want to make sure that the program is the best fit for everyone who joins, we have an application process in place.
The application includes questions about where you're coming from, what you're trying to accomplish, and how you expect the bootcamp to help you get there.
To evaluate your application, we'll assess whether we can help you achieve your goals and whether you understand exactly how we can help.
We also look at your ability to put together cohesive thoughts and responses, so please put effort into your application if you're serious about joining the program.
Finally, if it looks like you'd be a good fit for the bootcamp, we'll answer any outstanding questions you have and then send you a link to enroll.
During heavy enrollment periods, the invitation link will expire within 24 hours after we accept your application. So please only apply if you're ready to join!
While we can't guarantee that you will succeed in the bootcamp (since the outcome will depend upon your own effort and commitment), we can tell you that our students consistently land some of the most sought after opportunities in the market.
Everyone who has completed the program and applied our feedback has been able to land interviews consistently and secure high-paying offers or freelance opportunities. You can see all of the bootcamp graduates and their portfolio websites on the bootcamp showcase.
The bootcamp is unique due to its emphasis on practice and feedback. Rather than having you sit through hours of passive lectures or webinars, we give you bite-sized, practical videos that help you start building real deliverables as soon as possible.
Once you have a draft of your deliverable ready, you get in-depth, critical feedback from experienced, successful instructional designers.
We don't stop at "good job" or "nice work." We give feedback down to every last detail, and we ensure that your work is high-quality, professional, and showcase-ready.
Getting feedback like this will help you build your skills much more rapidly than if you were sitting through a lecture, working through a self-paced course, or relying on feedback from your network.
The bootcamp is also unique because it focuses so heavily on building an effective portfolio to show off your skills, and then driving traffic to your portfolio to secure job offers and freelance opportunities.
In other words, it doesn't matter what knowledge or skills you have if you can't demonstrate them to an employer or potential client.
In summary: we help you get hands-on experience with real-world instructional design projects, we give you personalized feedback to quickly improve the quality of your work, and we help you present your skills via a stand-out portfolio so that you can secure better opportunities.
The bootcamp is a big investment. It's $6,900 USD, and you can save $1,000 if you pay the full amount up-front (bringing the total to $5,900).
We understand that this program requires a large investment of time and money from you, and we will make an equally large investment into your success.
Therefore, this price reflects the level of personalized feedback and support that you will receive once you join the program.
Please note that the price of the program may rise over time as demand for the program increases. If you would like to lock in this price, we recommend that you apply and enroll as soon as you are sure that the program is the right fit for you.
Yes, we do! We offer no-interest payment plans ranging from 3 to 18 months.
Keep in mind, however, that you are committing to making every payment. If you complete the bootcamp before making all of your payments, you're still agreeing to complete the payment plan.
Since we begin investing in your success from the minute you join the bootcamp, the refund window is limited to seven days. This will give you enough time to explore the content and get a feel for the personalized support that we provide, and if you decide that it's not right for you, then we can offer you a full refund.
If you have additional questions about the bootcamp before applying, then you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please read all of the FAQ before sending us an email in case your question is answered here.
"When I first met Devlin, I was a tenured professor at a research university and felt trapped in my job. I wanted to transition into corporate instructional design, but I lacked the concrete, nuts-and-bolts knowledge of how to fill in my skill gaps, build a portfolio, and pitch myself in a job application.
With Devlin’s 1-on-1 support and guidance, I went in six months from never having heard of instructional design to landing an ID role at Amazon Web Services. So many exciting doors have opened for me, including career progression, geographic mobility, healthier work-life balance, and better pay."
We evaluate and admit new bootcampers on a rolling basis. You are welcome to apply as soon as you're ready to join, and we'll let you know when the next seat is available.
"After completing a master’s degree, I had plenty of technical papers highlighting my instructional design knowledge. However, I quickly realized that this isn’t what hiring managers were looking for. I needed a portfolio to show off the full range of my instructional design skills, and the idea of creating a wow-worthy portfolio overwhelmed me until I found Devlin’s ID Bootcamp.
When I joined the bootcamp, I quickly connected with an amazing support system. Devlin’s feedback elevated my work to a higher level and I had the opportunity to learn from other industry professionals participating in the program. Giving feedback to my peers on the weekly workshops and small-group meetings also helped me sharpen my skills and focus on the design process from different perspectives.
In addition to guiding me through the portfolio process, Devlin mentored me as I launched my website and started my freelance business. His guidance gave me direction and confidence to pursue this career fully, and in the first month of freelancing I was fully booked and turning away work. My first freelance job paid more than I had made in a year's time as an educator, making the time I spent creating a quality portfolio in the bootcamp well worth the investment.
If you’re open to putting in the work and fully engaging with the bootcamp, then you’ll have the support and guidance that you need to bring your instructional design career to the next level."