I usually make it a point not to talk about my work. But today I will make an exception. I am an Instructional Designer. Before you go “Huh?”, let me assure you I didn’t know what an ID (industry-approved short form) was till a little over one year ago. Everytime someone asks me what I do, this is what I say:
XYZ: So, what do you do?
Me: I’m an Instructional Designer.
XYZ: (Comes closer as though their ears have deceived them; a question mark on their face. If I am very lucky, some people are actually impressed.) Eh?
Me: I design courses for corporates based on client requirements.
XYZ: (Has no idea) Oh!
Me: For example, if a company wants to let their employees want to know about a new environmental law which has to be followed, instead of having a seminar or workshop, they approach us to make a course.
XYZ: (Confused but eager to drop the topic) Oh okay! Where is your office?
Me: In S___.
I am very sure they haven’t understood a thing but I haven’t given up. The above is the pattern of every single conversation I have had about my work. I don’t blame them. Being an ID is a relatively new profession. I am sure every profession till it becomes established goes through his “huh?” routine!