Ok so.. Hi I'm Craig. I'm an Animation Ba(Hons) Student at The University of Huddersfield in the UK (Yes! The one with Patrick Stewart as Chancellor!). I'm currently in the second year of a 4 year course. Next year (Academic Year 2011-12) I am required to find a work placement in the industry. The idea of this year is for students to gain work experience that will help a great deal when we come to job searching after our degrees, not only this, but University tells us that 80% of students that take this Sandwich year option finish their 1/1's!
At the moment I'm looking at companies both in the UK and US that I would love to work for, there's quite a few! The problem I'm having is how to go about contacting the companies. I attended a Seminar at the Bradford Animation Festival by Paul Mendoza of Pixar, at this festival I was lucky enough to talk to Paul afterwards, following this I was told by my lecturer to send a follow up email, the problem I had was contacting Pixar! I send an email and I get a automated message back saying my email wont be received as they filter everything.
I'm worried about this happening when I try to contact companies regarding work placements, would it be better to send something via physical post? Or should I just email them and cross my fingers?
Also I'm thinking of linking/writing the URL of my website at the bottom of the email/letter so they can access my portfolio quickly. Is this the right thing to do? And sorry to be cheeky, but could you guys take a quick look at my site to see if anything needs improving?
My Website! (http://www.craigreaney.com)
I'm sorry for all the questions and walls of text, its just something thats beginning to worry me and we're not getting much support from University regarding work placements. :banghead: