August 5, 2016 at 9:37AM, Edited August 5, 10:00AM

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Jobs vs Internships: When to Move On?

Hello Everyone,

I have a question about when one should be applying to jobs and when one should be applying to internships. Okay, so long story short I have two video production internships under my belt (both unpaid) since 2014. I have held a video production job at my university for close to two years now. At this job I am technically "lead" videographer, thus my responsibilities include writing, directing, shooting, editing, and delivering videos sometimes all by myself.

As I am about to graduate, I have been looking for jobs (no I am NOT a film major). But my big question is, am I ready to be applying for an actual job (say Junior Producer or Content Producer or Shooter/Editor all of which are full time with benefits), or should I be going after the internships? I feel going after another internship is setting the bar low, but I can never be sure that I'm experienced enough. The qualifications for a lot of these jobs is 2+ years doing video production which I certainly have, so maybe I am just paranoid and need to be more confident in my abilities.

Thank you all for any helpful advice anyone can give!

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You have proved to yourself you know what the job is and you want to do it. Two internships should definitely be enough to start applying for a formal job.

August 5, 2016 at 12:39PM

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I wish I knew where the barrier is. I have been working for 7 years, mostly in internships and unpaid/low paid work. I have applied to hundreds of paid jobs, only hearing back from very few but never getting hired. Very hard to get paid doing anything in film/Video. Seen more as a passion where you should be willing to work for free. The market is tough out there, seems like unless you have 15-20 years of experience it's hard to be paid more than minimum wage, if your lucky. My advice is always to find a good steady job with benefits, at an Apple Store or something. You don't want to live the struggle of worrying whether you'll be on the streets next month, I am doing that not and it's extremely tough. There's only so long someone can constantly struggle and maintain sanity. Here's my work so you can see the level I am on - www.ninjamonkeymedia.com

NinjaMonkey

August 7, 2016 at 11:22AM

I think you are ready for new formal, well-paid job. Do your first step, write a resume, and apply for your dream job.

August 16, 2017 at 4:04AM

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