One vice-president for talent acquisition at a major studio in LA has taken the measure of our future, and it is somewhat discouraging. She says students expect to start out as managers, but find out they are assistants—hard to explain to parents who shelled out $60 to $70 thousand for tuition.
Perhaps more devastating for them is that they were “top of their class” but suddenly find themselves surrounded by new hires who were also top of their class—it turns out they are no longer the smartest people in the room. In fact, it turns out the smart people are two or three times their age and more seasoned and mature.
Not that they can tell who is smartest, because no one is getting (or giving) grades, that most misleading of assessments. What they get now is actual feedback, not all of it kind. But these are the ones that do get hired.
The ones that didn’t get hired were texting and taking calls during their interview, after they showed up late. Still, some of their parents actually call the studio to find out why their progeny didn’t get the job.
The ones who got that far are the ones who didn’t use slang and emoticons on their applications. Or cutesy names and pop references in their email addresses.
She sent the email on April 1.
Let’s hope she was joking.
Do you think she was kidding? Why not?