You have a good point…technically I’m a graphic designer (if not yet graduated, because I ran from bachelor’s thesis to get employed) but it’s super vague as profession. Like you said, in work life it becomes apparent you keep and/or leave things to narrow down the area you really want to do. Although, for me it’s not so easy, sometimes I’m overwhelmed by how different animation is from illustration.
From my experience, I think professionalism is just something I decided to be, sort of, “fake it till you make it”. Because I had no idea what it means, really. I’m still confused, often. Last year was the first time I really had more than one job to do.
And I agree, I guess it’s also the older I get, or more I have studied, more specific I need to be about what do I want to get out of education and learn.
It’s true, in Finland too…also because there aren’t that many legit animation/3D/storytelling schools in here, everybody basically goes to the same school (Metropolia, or Turku academy in animation) for those because of the basics, but get employed based on their personal works and portfolio.
I’ve been ranting about it before but I wish Finnish schools would react to the industry faster, there is ridiculously few schools that even teach animation and 3D, but big game companies and many up-and-coming game companies. Pro tip for the foreigners, there is desperate need for artists and programmers for games in here BECAUSE FINNS ARE NOT ENOUGH EDUCATED/EXPERIENCED FOR THAT STUFF
50, 000…holy shit. I feel for you, it sounds like an amount that I can’t even imagine how it’s to deal with it.
What interests me most in the US is the competition, I guess…I’d like to be in environment where I feel like I am surrounded by people way more talented than I am, maybe in illustration, character design or visual development. At work I get to be surrounded by talented people, but there is no time to trial and error and learning from others the same way as in school.
Thanks for your input, I think your message crystallizes some of the harsh truth about studies and getting employed in US.
Like in the previous ask, comparing school expenses between US and Finland, it’s near impossible to use that much money in education in here. For those who don’t know, it’s technically free to go to university in here, although students sometimes get student loan unless you want to live with porridge only (AND NO BEER). My entire loan for 4 years was mere 8000 dollars which I’ve mostly paid off already.
I agree, I’m not really up to getting in tens of thousands worth of debt. Maybe I should check into more short-term studies in US, like single courses or workshops, or if it’s even possible for foreigner to just butt in there. I also don’t know too much about scholarship system, and whether it’s same for students that come from abroad.