Music Composers Unite!
Academia is realistic when it claims that its responsibility is discharged when its clients or rather its “students” have measured up to the academic standards required for a diploma of some sort. Academia is unrealistic when it assumes that a diploma from their institution or any other such institution is of such great merit that all you need do is wave the old sheepskin and doors will open.
In this sense it may be that music school and law school have something in common. Both courses of study enable the diligent to pass an exit exam, but neither prepares the student to employ his/her skills in a real-world setting.
I don’t personally know of any music schools or law schools, or engineering schools that claim they would do more than provide students with the ability to acquire a diploma. On the other hand truck driver schools and welding schools promise they will help you find work.
The notion that the diploma confers ability and the assumed ability makes the student attractive to employers is a rumor deliberately and cynically fostered by academia and hungrily consumed by gullible students.
I suspect the leap from academic competence to employability is accomplished only rarely “Shameless self promotion” gets a student further than knowledge of 16th century counterpoint and a clever website is more beneficial than knowing the range of the Eb clarinet.
Your music doesn’t have to be good; it just has to be played.. And whatever you do to cause that to happen furthers your career.
Happily the state of electronics has progressed to the point where even the dullest, most jingoistic and incompetent of writers is able to belch out so much sound that with some luck and the untimely death of a predecessor, some work may come their way.