It is known that choosing a career path is one of the most important decisions that matriculants face. There are three important elements that must be considered.
Firstly, “What am I passionate about?” is a key question that should drive one’s decision-making process. The subject matter or field must be something that is cared about enough to commit to for a long-term engagement. As this might be something that one will be doing for the next 20 to 30 years.
The second element is relevance; in these fast-changing times a career that is favourable today may be redundant tomorrow. It will be a disfavour not to mention that the creative and media industries have continued to grow even during the Covid-19 pandemic whilst many industries have suffered great losses. The media sector has become central to all industries through their marketing and communication segments. Demand for “Content” is ever growing.
Thirdly, choosing a college is vital. There are huge gaps between education and industry.
In more dynamic careers such as those in the media sector one may require more than a desk and chair classroom environment.
One of the leading colleges that offer accredited qualifications in the field of media studies is Creative Arts College the education division of the South African Film Institute. Their offerings are career aligned and practical. Creative Arts College programmes also includes all the tools the student will need to access the media sector such as demo tapes, photoshoots, show reels and an interactive portfolio. It may help to read more about opportunities and pathways off their website www.creativearts.co.za.
There are many industries that are under performing in these current disruptive times, however, if you take a step back you will also find growth in some industries. Some of the biggest companies today were born in times of recession such as the popular Google and Facebook. Upskill and position yourself to become an asset to the growing economy with passion, relevance and education has your guide.