It is not uncommon where parents and students hold stereotypes and conventional point of view about typically-assured career choices. Jobs with higher-than-average steady income and those with titles that are traditionally respected such as accountants, lawyers and doctors are still at the top of their preferred list.
Being an artist used to be too much of a dreamer for most people, especially parents but the demand for creative talents in today’s job market has changed due to the shift of the economy.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence.” The significance of the creative economy is creating a climate in which creativity and innovation are highly demanded in the job market. Traditional positions were redefined, carved out or evolved into new roles and titles. Some designations are even unheard of until the turn of the century. The birth of game designers, creative directors, interaction designers, interactive media producers, and digital content strategists, for instance, are at a relatively young state in the industry. Some of which are probably as young as the invention of the Internet.
In Malaysia, there are about 11,000 professionals in the local creative content and technology industry today according to an article by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). Most of them are involved in key creative segments such as animation, games design, visual effects, new media and content-enabled delivery platforms – and companies in this space exported RM1.2 billion in 2016 alone. The animation sector for instance, garnered RM187.7 million market revenues in 2016, translating to an estimated 11% boost from 2014 to 2016.
So, as competition in the industry is getting ever demanding, how can education help to contribute better creative minds for the future? Contrary to giant education groups that operate like business corporations, independent boutique schools too are working towards this creative niche, for instance, Dasein Academy of Art that has 21 years of education and creative excellence.
So if all of this sounds like a true calling for you, where would you start? Well getting a dream job starts with getting real. Having the passion and the interest for one’s dream job is a good start, but choosing the right education plan will also ensure a better success, where one’s full potential is unearthed and nurtured to match with insightful tricks of the trade.
Dasein Academy of Art: Diploma in Graphic Design| Animation | Illustration | Digital Media