For this task, I needed to create a timeline of my time doing my college course (Digital Design and Animation). The reason for doing this task is to show off my skills and show how they have developed over the two years. It is also showing how I developed my interest in animation and app/e-book development.
A CV, portfolio and a cover letter are important things to have when searching for a job. They let employers know who you are, what skills you have and how professional you are. With my portfolio and CV, they both detail my skills and qualification. They clearly present what skills I have and earned, it also presents the skills I am currently working on and need improving on. I feel though they are plain and could do with improvement in how they look. They need to be eye catching but not too dazzling that it puts the reader off.
A portfolio is important for a creative industry job because you can demonstrate what you have done and keep adding to the portfolio. You can bring a portfolio of your work to a job interview and show it off and you can have an online portfolio for easy access or to get your name out there. A CV is useful when applying for a job because it simply shows off what you done, the preattentional employer would not have a lot of time on their hands and would have to briefly look at everyone application. A cover letter is useful to go with a CV because you need to make an impression on the employer and writing them a letter will give them a sense of who you are.
I have chosen not to go to University after completing this course because I have been in education for sixteen years and just want to do something different. But I did consider going and looked at several courses, here is three courses I looked at.
The three university courses I looked at are from Bournemouth University, University of the Arts London and Bath Spa University. The courses are BA (Hons) Computer Animation Art and Design (Bournemouth), BA (HONS) ANIMATION (University of the Arts London) and Code, create, design and collaborate in our innovative Creative Computing (Animation) course (Bath Spa University). The reason I chose to look at these three courses is because I want to work in the animation industry. I personally would try to get in Bournemouth University course because I have been told that Bournemouth has the best animation course and facilities in the country.
The Traditional methods of progression are apprenticeships, internships, applying directly to the company and applying through an agency. Apprenticeships and Internships are ways to learn and gain experience in a field while working in that field. The difference being apprenticeships are more towards people who want to learn new skills and internships are generally more short term work experiences. You would apply directly to a company or through an agency if you are mainly looking for job.
For the near future I would like to do an apprenticeship in animation but there are no apprenticeships in that field but there are a lot in media though. If I had to do an apprenticeship, I will try to get one in the media area. When I search for apprenticeships I mainly get ones in social media or digital marketing. I will most likely apply for one in social media if I had to because I have more interest in that field than marketing. It would also help me develop useful skills that I might be lacking to get my name out there and to advertise myself.
The non-traditional routes are competitions, social media, networking and cold calling. These routes you put your name out there and make the jobs come to you. Competitions are a good way to get your name out there and gain experience in a competitive environment. Social media like twitter that use hashtags can be a useful way of getting your name out there as well. If you use the right hashtags you can be easily found and have an online presence. Networking can be done by or through university. University usually have connections and partnerships with companies, so you can communicate through them. Another way is through apprenticeships and internships, if you worked well with that company they might consider hiring you or recommending you to another company. Cold calling is where you contact a company and convince them that they need you. This can be linked with networking where you gain contacts and convince them to hire you.
This task was set to make us evaluate what are our strengths for our future and make them into employable skills. The task makes us think about what is our best career path for our skills and personality.
To see what personality type I have I went on a website call 16Personalities (https://www.16personalities.com/), on this website I was ask lots of different questions about how I would do things personally. The personality type I got INTJ, it is stated on the website “People with the INTJ personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy.” The strengths listed on this personality type are; Quick, Imaginative and Strategic Mind, High Self-Confidence, Independent and Decisive, Hard-working and determined, Open-minded and Jacks-of-all-Trades. I feel these are sort of true, I like to make sure what I am doing and if it is correct so I will ask to make sure. This might come off as not independent but I just like to know what I am doing. I think the best way to describe this is robotic, it is stated people who have this personality tend to put logic forward over instinct and people who are this personality type have difficulty to understand emotions. The website states “The very notion of emotional expression is synonymous with irrationality and weakness to many INTJs, a display of poor self-governance and fleeting opinion that can hardly stand up to the enduring light of factual truth.” I can understand why people can get emotional but I think they should not affect your work/put your work first within reason. I think this will be good personality type for work because I will most likely put my work in front of myself.
I hope to become a 2D animator either hand drawn or computer. The obvious skills needed to be animator are drawing and time management. But I will also need good observational skills, communicational skills, team working skills, organisation skills and independent. I feel I need to improve my drawing, observational and communication skills. With drawing I need to practice more. My problem with observational skills is I might miss something because I did not think it was important. I could put more effort in monitoring my work and what I am doing.
This is my career timeline starting from when I finish my college course and hope to work on/do in the upcoming years after.