The prospect of pursuing a career in multimedia computing is looking brighter and brighter each day, especially with computers and other new technologies taking the whole world by storm. That in itself speaks about the many needs of companies wanting to hire students who are into web design, animation, art direction (which involves television and movies), game design, graphics and the like.
But in such a large industry, what are the career opportunities awaiting the lucky student? How does he pursue a career in multimedia computing?
Here are several things that a student needs to look out for.
Know the Niche. Aside from graphic design, art direction, and animation, multimedia computing includes a whole bunch of categories. A student should know text, sound and music, web content, and other types of presentation techniques. To know which direction a student must take, he should dabble with what he’s interested in. If he likes to watch movies then he can try venturing into animation, video, sound, and graphics. If he is a fan of Steve Jobs, why not study more about graphic design?
Hone the Skills. Once the student knows what he’s good at, he should hone his skills by practicing and practicing. To do this, he can get a part time job that can give him a chance to work on those designs and other multimedia computing. Not only will this be good for his resume, he will also be earning while studying at the same time.
Find the Right Course. There are many courses out there which sound the same but in reality have different backgrounds. Programming, for instance, has many sub courses. To know which course is right for the student, he needs to talk to the teachers of the school he plans on entering, talk to the other students and their parents, and learn more about the course he’s planning to take.
The scope of multimedia computing is not limited to computer knowledge. It also involves mathematics, programming, and even management. Luckily for the students, most schools offer these in their curriculum. They are there to guide their students and train them into the best web designer or computer 3D animator they can be.
Some schools also build on language. No, not foreign languages. They teach language that is used to interpret computer terminology. When students undergo training at some large companies, computer terminology is often included in their studies.
Looking for a Job
After graduation the student can then look for a multimedia computing job. As stated above, this is a market where more and more companies are hiring people who are well versed in media and technology According to MSN Career, this is still considered as one of the hottest jobs in 2012 as it saw a continued growth through the latter half of 2011. The NACE Job Outlook 2012 survey also showed that those highly involved with computers are most needed in companies.