Quote Hugh Robjohns:
It ~is~ possible to gain worthwhile employment in the industry from these courses... but only in exceptional circumstances for exceptional people. That's the reality. It would be a heck of a lot easier (although still bloomin difficult) from LIPA or Surrey etc, obviously. But there are shades of grey here. It's not totally black and white.
A few years ago, perhaps, but not any more. It's now black and white. There was a time when some of the better courses could see a select few, who attended one of the better colleges (e.g. Leeds) start careers. Now LIPA is roughly there, where Leeds was. A few are able to gain some sort of employment, the rest get nothing.
Surrey graduates are now struggling. See my post above. The only good careers for Tonmeister gards right now, are NOT as pure sound engineers. Musicians, composers, sound designers, perhaps, salesmen and support staff at Avid, but not as the guy behind the big desk with all the buttons.
You may have noticed that we are possibly heading right down into a massive depression. Greece will probably default totally on its bonds and the Germanic-Gothic 'Pleitegeier' (the vulture of poverty) is beating its wings over Italy and Spain. If Greece and Italy collapse into chaos, denuded of Euros and with nothing to replace it, we may have yet another war in Europe. The last thing we need is more ProTools operators!
Building and selling audio equipment and software has become almost impossible and even good used stuff is now hitting the market at below rock-bottom prices. (I just picked up a complete 5.1 M&K system for £100. My wife asked if we shouldn't wait until they are even cheaper!) What price employment in a market like that?
But I did spend some of the formative years of my life, learning how to kill people - this may just come in handy!