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11 Ways to Get a Job
Technology is booming again and there are hundreds of jobs available to people who possess the skills companies are looking for-- jobs at start-ups, corporations, nonprofits, ad agencies, software companies, video production shops, boutique FX studios, brick-and-mortar retail places, portals, mobile companies, sports agencies, animation studios, movie companies, schools--even government agencies.
Salaries range between between $40K - $150K depending on your skills, where you work and what level you get hired at.
BAVC has been a leader in assessing job seekers, providing training and connecting people with the hundreds of companies who send their employees here to train, resulting in a 95% success rate in helping people re-enter the workforce.
ATTEND A TECHSF ORIENTATION and GET STARTED WITH GIG UNION
TechSF is a program created to extend resources to out-of-work and underemployed digital media and IT professionals including career assessments, branding workshops and tech training. Gig Union is a cooperative that provides contractors and freelancers job leads, entrepreneurial workshops and leveraged benefits. Get your questions answered about how to make the process of landing a job in digital media as clear and pain-free as possible, including:
• How BAVC can help get you back on track
• Community job search support and resources
• Portfolio pointers
• Training options
• Individualized questions for you/ your strategies/ best solutions
EARN A CERTIFICATE
BAVC provides an incredibly customizable training experience. You can pick and choose classes to supplement your skills or take a series of suggested class sequences with the most comprehensive industry-authorized curricula recognized at all levels of the media industry as the highest quality training available. Certificates generally take 3-6 months to earn and range in price from $4800 - $6000 although you may be able to earn a flexible Certificate, choosing only the portions you need. These customizable Certificates may range between $1500 - $7500.
- Video Postproduction
- Video Production
- 3D Game Design
- Motion Graphics
- Web Development
- Web and Graphic Design
BRUSH UP ON YOUR SKILLS
Check out our course catalog online, everything from bootcamps to 2-hour jumpstarts in web design, audio and video production, postproduction, motion graphics, game design, 3D modeling, programming and digital photography. bavc.org/take-classes >
Attend BAVC events and talk to the person next to you in class--chances are they work at a digital media company. Learn how to leverage your LinkedIn contacts and your contacts’ contacts. Get used to the idea that you’re going to find a job through someone you know so let everyone know (even your grandma’s neighbor) that you’re on the hunt. Have an easy pitch ready to roll off your tongue about what you’re looking for and make sure people can a hold of you without delay. Check out some other tips at BAVC's Get a Job blog >
BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO
Whether you already have a reel or portfolio or you're an emerging digital media artist looking to leverage your skills into a paying position, you'll need to showcase your skillset and experience to convey to the world exactly what you can do. You may need help creating a new look or polishing your existing projects to make yourself more marketable. If that's the case, let's get to it. Employers tell us the portfolio is not only a must, but that it is the single most determining factor in whether a candidate gets interviewed or not. Portfolio classes are 6pm - 8pm. Only $75 each for members! Check out the schedule here>
TAKE IT ONE STEP FURTHER
Like your own personal trainer, sign up to receive one-on-one expert mentorship in portfolio building. Don’t get us wrong--you’ll be doing most of the work on this but your personal instructor will assess your skills, assign relevant projects, have regular check-ins with you, clear up any technical mysteries in Adobe Creative Suite, HTML/CSS, social media, After Effects, Maya or Final Cut Pro and give you a final critique before sending you on your way to achieving success. $750 for 5 meetings.
Email edu [at] bavc [dot] org for more info.
- Photoshop (80% or above means you’re ready for the Intermediate level)
- After Effects (80% or above means you’re ready for the Intermediate level)
- Illustrator (80% or above means you’re ready for the Intermediate level)
- Final Cut Pro (80% or above means you’re ready for the Intermediate level)
- InDesign (80% or above means you’re ready for the Intermediate level)
- HTML/CSS (80% or above means you’re ready for the Intermediate level)
- Basic Mac Skills
SIGN UP FOR OPEN LAB TIME
Don’t have the latest video editing, web design, and motion graphics software on your computer? Enroll online for lab access. The end result? Your best foot forward with a portfolio to match! Note: Open Lab time is available Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-6pm. $50/day. Email edu [at] bavc [dot] org for more info!
BECOME A PRODUCERS BUNDLE MEMBER
Loads of benefits plus an annual 30-minute consultation with the Director of Training.
CHECK OUT OUR JOBS BOARD
Tons of jobs--searching is free so why not head over to where the industry loves to post!
FIND AN INTERNSHIP
Sometimes the best way to get hired is to start with an internship (plus you’ll see if you like doing the work). Check out the hot list of unpaid jobs and internships at BAVC's internship forum!