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Old 12-28-08, 01:33 AM
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Need Career Advice - Help! / Esp. IT and Entertainment

Hi, I'm a long-time member but rarely post. I've gotten some extremely
helpful info from Otter members in the past so I thought I would try again..

I apologize in advance for the length of this post but I feel the details are necessary.

To start off, I got my undergrad degree from Drexel University in Digital Media. Originally, I started off in information technology and stuck with it for a year..I did well in but did not feel that it was the right career for me. Eventually, I switched to Digital Media---essentially, a digital art major, which was relatively new at the university--and encompassed areas such as graphic design, web, 3D, film, photography, and compositing. While I loved the switch, looking back,
the program went all over the place--leaving the graduates without any real concentration on any specific aspect of digital media. Therefore, I was left without any real marketable skills--and no luck in the job market.

Regardless, I fell in love with the visual art form especially all aspects of film--and went on to a one year long program at Vancouver Film School--studying all aspects of film production. I learned a lot and got to be involved
in a variety of roles on a good deal of short films.

I finished up in Vancouver and headed back to the east coast. Coming up in the suburbs as well as a family that never delves from medicine/engineering,
I essentially have no connections in the film/entertainment industry. However,
my interests and passion lay in being part of the film industry. For over a year, I took on a good deal of unpaid work/internships,---on indie features and a variety of post-production places hoping one would land me a paying gig. One place promised at the end of the 3 month period, I would be given
a paying position---I stayed with them for the entire period---staying extra hours, even overnight---but in the end, they said their company was failing and couldn't afford to bring me on.

With that said, without any connections in the entertainment industry, there is little more for me to do but hopelessly apply for jobs on craigslist/mandy/entertainmentcareers and directly to any of the big networks (NBC/ABC/etc). I say hopelessly because that's what it feels like. With thousands of
applicants, many with references/connections, it seems my odds of simply
getting a call are on the same level as playing the lottery.

With the above said, I am a realistic person--and realize that I need to look
into exploring another career---I intend to still work on my passions/interests but move it to the background.

That said, here's some questions that I hope some of you could help me with..

1. Besides traditional entertainment job websites, is there any other avenue to explore? What else could I do to help my chances?

2. With only a college degree, are there any entry-level jobs/areas that would consider hiring me?

3. My other interest lies with IT. What would be the best way to get into this? Would I need to get another bachelor's degree? I have heard about
getting different Microsoft Certification; is this something worth pursuing?
If so, what requirements, if any, does one need to be allowed to participate
in such programs? Which certifications are most beneficial in the job market? How long does it typically take to complete such a program?

4. If Microsoft Certification isn't the way to go, is there an alternative way to get into the IT field? Ideally, I would like to avoid a 4 year program and opt
for a quicker/cheaper route. I also prefer to learn/study on my own, if it would adequately prepare me.

5. Is IT a safe/stable career choice?


Any advice/tidbits/answers would greatly be appreciated!

Thanks for reading!
Old 12-28-08, 01:53 AM
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Well, I'll speak to the entertainment industry: what sort of job are you looking for, you don't really specify. You mention a post production house, are you looking to do motion graphics? Editing?

The sad fact is that it's a pretty shitty time to be looking for an entertainment job. Most places either have a hiring freeze or are actively laying people off. Even the people with connections and experience are sitting in unemployment lines, and they're the ones that will get first dibs on open jobs (it's a buyers market for people hiring). Wish I wasn't sounding like such a doom-and-gloomer, but that's just how it is right now.

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The only career I recommend right now is healthcare. So glad I made the switch from IT.
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#3 -> #5: Without any real experience in IT, forget about certs. If you were thinking like a Geek Squad type position, then get A+ and Network+ certifications and then see if they will take you on. From there, you may be able to get a starting job as a tech, but w/o a 4 year degree in Computer Science... it's kind of slim pickings out there. Most people look for at least an undergrad degree, several certs, and several years of experience.

Now... if you have AutoCad, Photoshop or web programming skills, you may be able to do this from your living room if you can make some really good sites and send those to potential employers.

Honestly though, IT is not something to start from scratch right now unless you want to go back to school.
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first get on linkedin if you aren't on there, i noticed a lot of entertainment people on there

second have a portfolio to show your work if you don't have one

make a website to show off your work
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New Mexico is a good place to be now for entertainment related jobs.
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Originally Posted by kneijst1 View Post
#3 -> #5: Without any real experience in IT, forget about certs. If you were thinking like a Geek Squad type position, then get A+ and Network+ certifications and then see if they will take you on. From there, you may be able to get a starting job as a tech, but w/o a 4 year degree in Computer Science... it's kind of slim pickings out there. Most people look for at least an undergrad degree, several certs, and several years of experience.

Now... if you have AutoCad, Photoshop or web programming skills, you may be able to do this from your living room if you can make some really good sites and send those to potential employers.

Honestly though, IT is not something to start from scratch right now unless you want to go back to school.
Wow, does Geek Squad really require those certifications to get hired?
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Originally Posted by fumanstan View Post
Wow, does Geek Squad really require those certifications to get hired?

I would think/hope so. Maybe I'm giving them TOO much credit.
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Originally Posted by BJacks View Post
Well, I'll speak to the entertainment industry: what sort of job are you looking for, you don't really specify. You mention a post production house, are you looking to do motion graphics? Editing?

The sad fact is that it's a pretty shitty time to be looking for an entertainment job. Most places either have a hiring freeze or are actively laying people off. Even the people with connections and experience are sitting in unemployment lines, and they're the ones that will get first dibs on open jobs (it's a buyers market for people hiring). Wish I wasn't sounding like such a doom-and-gloomer, but that's just how it is right now.
I do realize it's a horrible time to be trying to find a job. My goal is to eventually get into editing. I know there's a path to get into it, so I'm looking to do broadcast operations type of work. Assistant editor/dubbing. Really anything at the moment, to get my foot in the door. I am an aspiring fillm maker but most of my experience is in post-production.

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