I think cfjda9sf hit’s it on the nose. Recently I’ve been heavily researching job applications / working in the industry etc for a webinar I’m hosting. I’ve noticed some interesting trends, but I’ll make it brief:
[li]Internships or working for free if you can is incredibly invaluable if you can get in at some respectable places. The experience is worth it. This is a double edged sword, as Bobby Beck pointed out on his blog a couple of months ago, working for free can be abused too by some.
[/li][li]Marketability. More and more I see the non premier jobs (that is, Animator at PIXAR for example) looking for people who can script, or have experience in rigging, or who know about lighting. The reason being, you may not be doing it fulltime, but you need to jump in there, help out, or at least interface with those who do.
[/li][li]I’m not sure about big job fairs, I’m still not sold on it. CTN looks promising however, as was Evolve3D (I was at that one.) The networking is invaluable however. Just not sure about the “getting hired at a job fair” theory.
[/li][li]a LOT of jobs are in Vancouver, London and Signapore… a lot…