I recently had a conversation with my professor that got me thinking about my career. The conversation was about college students and the increasing belief that it is the university’s responsibility to make them employable and more competitive in an open job market.
This belief has become so embedded that it has prompted lawsuits. toward universities from disgruntled alumni.
If you search college vlogs on Youtube, you will find tons of videos of angered college graduates discussing how their college never prepared them for the work force or even encouraging people not to go.
The over looming fear of not being able of compete fairly for jobs heightened when pursuing a career in music. With fewer and fewer advertised job opportunities and more and more very qualified composers and musicians entering the work force, one can find him/her self overwhelmed and frustrated looking for work in their field if they are not equipped enough to compete. This can be even more disconcerting for those who are attending a university or college when most of the “hard to get“and well paid jobs desired by composers do not require a degree.
So here are some questions for you:
Do you feel that it is the university or college’s responsibility to make you more employable, or at least give you the skill sets to compete more for jobs, or do you feel that it is the student’s responsibility to seek out the jobs and skills that university may not provide?
And on that note, when it comes to publishers, do you feel that it is their responsibility to ensure that your music is sold, either through promotion, advertising, or other means?
If I understood correctly:
The "art" of self promotion and getting gigs is quite important for a composer's career. It really is a shame that in today's world, where it is constantly harded to get "out there" and get a fairly well paid jobs, there is no courses/lessons/classes/advices on how to manage yourself in this harsh world, at least from my experience with my uni. It would be really cool if such stuff were present at unis.
Who is responsible? I think both - a student and his uni, but it often turns out the student has to make his way in the artistic world alone... :)
Hope my writing makes any sense. :D
Fredrick zinos said: