It's now all about zee papers
Well, I figure I have access to cutting-edge studio set-ups; active exchanges with other students and interested photographers; business connections to the real world, here in the Chicago advertising district; fashion photography; a beautiful green-screen studio ... and also an inside track on my own experimentation as a student.
Originally Posted by dr4gon
With the Bachelor's degree, I have the final piece of "serious consideration" for employment here in Illinois. Almost all resumes are "circular-filed" by the Human Resources Department if you do not have the necessary education level on it. They do not care how many jobs or OJT you have had, no BA/BS degree ... keep lookin'. I was doing engineering level studies in the US Navy, several years of training couple to several years of real world experience, but the Navy does not confer degrees or allow you readily convert all that training into "zee paper." So you are SOL. I mean I thought my Associates Degree and Photography Certificate would at least crack the door, but I was WRONG! The Obama-Nation is education driven ... and those people who are not retired ... are going to need this "ticket" to ride when they begin job search. Thirty years of a career, with no paper ... you are at the beginning, again. Game over?
Other areas of the country may be less stringent when it comes to this aspect of reviewing prospective employees, but not here. The paradigm is in place ... and only "the paper" will get you in the door to the interview. Ten years ago, the hiring manager got all the submitted resumes, directly, and he forwarded his selections to HR for subsequent interview. Not today. HR scans them first ... weeds out the non-paper from the right-paper ... then submits the "reduced stack" of the "right stuff" to the hiring manager. God help you if you had a life and skipped a college degree. :eek: The doorman just got a lot uglier. :mad:
I also see the opportunities this represents. You can actually witness the impressive output, both pre-magazine and web-based work, these students are producing. Basically, they are rubbing shoulders with industry and seizing opportunities to get involved in the "real world." Chicago is tremendous point of entry. What the heck ... I have the time.