The path that many people take in establishing their career is rarely a straight one. The interviews on this site are with working professionals. To help students who are scrutinizing college & university programs and comparing internships, we have asked these professionals about their education, the changes they are seeing in their industry and what advice they would give to students who ultimately want to work in their field.
My one writing teacher (who remains a friend today) simply told me to get out of Dodge. “You’re a writer, what are you waiting for?” But it took several more years before I was willing to start failing.
I’ve found that very few people work directly in the field they studied in college, but those esoteric courses in philosophy, history, political science, and English plant little seeds in your brain that are often recalled in unconscious thought. … Nobody learns the skill sets they need in college or trade schools. They will learn the skills on the job, over time, but they have to know how to learn.
Haskel Wexler taught me the dichotomy of working as a cinematographer when he said, “Some days you make art, and some days you make a paycheck.”
My first job included interning with a gentleman who had learned old-fashioned dress-making and tailoring, before transferring into ready-to-wear later in life. He knew couture, but was incredibly practical about using modern production methods. He taught me how to draft a tailored jacket from measurements alone. A skill that allows me to do all patterns from scratch if necessary.
On this website you will find interviews with successful professionals working in a wide variety of occupations, from art, filmmaking and design fields to areas of financial services, medicine and engineering, among others. The consistency that we have noticed is that these working professionals have not only mastered the current technological and programming tools now standard in their industry but they are also proficient in the traditional (non-digital) crafts of their trade. Few professions are dependent on a single concept or tool; while it is important to be able to work with and incorporate new technology, success in many areas still relies on a working knowledge of historical precedents, creativity and, above all, hands-on experience.
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TRUTHDIG | By MIKE ROSE
… no one in power is asking the more fundamental questions like: What is the purpose of education in a democracy, and are our reforms enhancing—or possibly restricting—that purpose?
AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS
Neuroscientists from seven universities across the country used brain imaging studies and behavioral assessments to advance our understanding of the effects of music, dance, and drama education onother types of learning. The findings from their coordinated three-year study suggest that children motivated in the arts develop attention skills and strategies for memory retrieval that also apply to other academic subject areas.
HOUSE OF RADON
The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out?
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