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What Do Videographers Want When It Comes to Continuing Education?

Posted by Andrea Keating on August 7, 2012

As many of us who have worked in the video industry for years have come to know, creative industries like ours are always morphing and changing. That’s why keeping up with technology, trends, and new opportunities is so important to our success and growth as employees, artists, and video technicians.

It’s exciting to be able to offer so many opportunities for professional development and continuing education through Crews Control University. Since 2010, we have had the opportunity to help hundreds of professionals in our industry to stay on top of their craft.

To serve our customers better, we recently took a poll to find out about the educational opportunities videographers and their employers currently engage in. More than 300 people responded.

Here’s what we found:

1. Does your company require continuing education? We were actually surprised to learn that more than half (182) of the respondents to this question said their companies do not require them to engage in continuing education. Only 63 respondents said they were required to have some form of professional development, and 51 said that while it wasn’t mandatory, they were encouraged to do so.

2. Where have you taken continuing education classes? We received 394 responses to this question, and workshops were the most popular spot for continuing ed (80). Universities were a close second (61), followed by online classes and webinars (51). Other places where videographers said they find professional development included through manufacturers, trade shows, conferences, reading materials and DVDs, networking, and their local trade associations.

3. Who provided the training? Of 345 responses, videographers said the top spots for training include Maine Media, Future Media Concepts, Lynda.com, Avid, universities and community colleges, NAB, SONY and other manufacturers, New Horizons, Kelby Training, CMMA, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Bay Area Video Coalition, among others.

4. What type of training are you looking for? We got a whopping 485 responses to this question, and the majority of videographers report that they want technical (184) and creative (159) training, while 117 want management training. Other requests include professional development in areas such as production and project management, sales, understanding union rules, budgeting, social media, and marketing.

Want to add something? E-mail your comments and suggestions to education ( at ) crewscontrol.com

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