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Old 11-12-2012, 11:44 AM   #16
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My industry is interesting. There is a constant fear of losing high paying jobs to other countries with film tax incentives like Canada and New Zealand, but people have adapted to it, and the same industry veterans are being lured to those jobs. I have worked in New Zealand, and actually got paid more than in the US all tolled. It is scary to look for work when you know your best deal is going to be out of the country, but for the most part it is in nice places, London, Sydney, Wellington, Vancouver. Also, Shanghai is on the rise, and is a very cosmopolitan city. I've been entrenched in a Los Angeles job now for ten years with a four year contract looking forward, but I feel pretty good about the world job outlook if I need to move on in 4 years.

There are also schools finally doing a good job of turning out ready entry level candidates 20 years in. My young team members are often shocked to hear that I have no degree while they are often looking at postings with multiple degree requirements. I try to explain that there was no equivalent when I was in school. There was film and there was computer science and they didn't really cross except for a few programs like Ohio State and Texas A&M.

I think many industries are in a similar situation where they are waiting for the candidates to come fully prepared out of college again. We actually work with schools to give feedback on their candidates and programs. Some are completely uninterested in the feedback, which is pretty surprising considering they should want to have companies primed to look at their grads. There are a couple of schools that have really merged our feedback into their programs and it shows in the percentage of new hires that come directly from those programs. I hired 5 college grads this year, 4 were from one program, and all have exceeded expectations. That would not have happened even 5 years ago.

Change is good sometimes.
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