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Audio Education (part 6)

No college can guarantee a job at the end of their course. Too much depends on personal qualities and level of motivation. But if you are looking for a future career, or if you want to develop new skills to help in your own projects, then it must be a good idea to accelerate your pace of learning by taking advantage of a college or private course...

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A future career?

No college can guarantee a job at the end of their course. Too much depends on personal qualities and level of motivation. But if you are looking for a future career, or if you want to develop new skills to help in your own projects, then it must be a good idea to accelerate your pace of learning by taking advantage of a college or private course. It may be expensive in terms of money and time, but it’s an investment for the future. Your enthusiasm and hard work could propel you into a rewarding career in music, recording or sound engineering. Why sit at home dreaming?


Career possibilities

  • Recording
  • Public address (music)
  • Public address (speech and conferences)
  • Theatre sound
  • TV and radio
  • Film
  • Video
  • Post production
  • Music technology
  • Maintenance
  • Music business
  • Equipment manufacturing
  • Sales

Grants

Education is expensive, but since it can be seen as an investment for the country as a whole, it is often possible to have your fees and expenses paid, and maybe to get a small amount to live on as well. If you are accepted on a degree level course then your local education authority will, subject to some limitations, give you a grant which you may top up with a so-called student loan. On other courses, local education authorities may award discretionary grants for which there are limited funds. There are also bodies, typically charitable institutions, who may provide funds for education.

Whatever course you intend to apply for, apply for a local education authority grant as soon as possible. Do not wait until you have been accepted or they may have run out of funds for discretionary grants. Also, ask the course provider if they know of any grants that are available, and also at the college’s students’ union if they have one. Details of any other sources of funding should be available in the reference section of your local library.

Youth Training and Employment Training schemes

If you are eligible for YT or ET (those who are should know already) then mention this to the course provider you intend to apply to. If a course can be taken on a YT or ET basis then you will be paid to attend your college and work placement.


David Mellor's note: Since this article was written, I have now established Audio Masterclass to provide distance learning for Sound Engineering and Music Recording. More detail from the Audio Masterclass website...

By David Mellor Thursday January 1, 2004
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