Year graduated from CSUN: Summer 2014
Current company: Pixwel
Position title: Platform Support and Coordinator
I work for an international marketing post production house that deals with studios such as Paramount, DreamWorks, Universal, Sony, and Netflix. We all wear multiple hats at our company, but I mainly deal with our clients in EMEA, support for our website, encoding video files, creating subtitles (i.e. closed captions, timing, and translating), and I'll sometimes (not often) help with editorial and coordinating projects. I'm working to possibly take on a editorial role in the future as that's my ultimate goal.
Path into the Industry:
After graduating, I hit the job market hard; applying to as many places as I can, but no luck. Outside of school projects, I didn't have much experience, and unfortunately, I couldn't afford an unpaid internship while in college, so I was really hoping the vast list of software and code I learned during my time at CSUN would suffice.
Some months after I had graduated, Dr. Enfield emailed several alumni with a job posting he had received from another faculty member and I jumped on it right away. To my surprise, they actually called me back and set up an interview. Almost a month later (super long interview process), I got the job and I've been with them ever since! So far, my experience here has been great, and I'm learning new things everyday, but the best part is how awesome my coworkers are (benefits are also really, really awesome).
Words of wisdom:
We've all heard the saying, "It's who you know," but a good friend of mine once told me, "It's not who you know, but who knows you." If it wasn't for Dr. Enfield, I'm not sure what I'd be doing right now, and I'm grateful he thought of me when he shared the job listing. The average person meets thousands of people in their lifetime, but only a handful of them can make a difference, so make sure you leave apositive, memorable impression. Go out there and meet people, create, volunteer, and broaden your horizons!
In our field, it's easy to develop tunnel vision--I want to be an editor, I want to be a director, I want to be a producer--but the industry is much larger than the traditional roles we always hear about. I didn't think much of marketing before I started working at Pixwel because I always pictured myself cutting the next big blockbuster, but now I can't imagine doing anything else, and the great part is, I can still be an editor if I want to!
As students of multimedia, we have a lot to offer, and employers love that. I don't think there was a single interviewer who wasn't impressed by the list of software and skills I had learned from the courses I took at CSUN, so be confident and know your worth.
Some final words: companies want loyalty and dependability. I know it's easy to get lost in fantasies of climbing the corporate ladder as fast as possible, but don't rush. If an employer feels you're just looking to skip from one job to another, chances are you're not going to get that second interview. Keep in mind, it's not just your time, it's their time, and if a company is willing to put the time and money into you--training, benefits, paperwork, etc.--then they need to know you're going to stick around.
It's a crazy world out there, so keep your head up, don't get discouraged, and keep trying. I wish you all the best.
[posted 2.24.2017] | View more ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS