Learning by Doing

A lot of industry jobs require you to know specific programs. This is true for even entry level jobs in the industry. Some programs include Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe…let’s just say every Adobe program there is, plus some other lesser known programs. Now, there are internships you can try and get which will give you the skills you need for these programs, but in my experience sometimes these internships want you to have a working knowledge already of these programs before you apply. Knowing a specific program or two is very beneficial (and crucial) if you want to break into the industry.

Learning a new program can be very daunting. Going into it you may think that it’s impossible. The best thing, however, of learning a new program is that the best way to learn is to just use it. Online tutorials can give you somewhat of a foundation to build off of, but sometimes these tutorials just make you more confused than before. I think that online tutorials are better for when you already have basic grasp of a program and just need a little push in the right direction.

So, let’s say you want to learn Final Cut Pro editing software, but you have no idea what you’re doing. Perhaps you’ve only used IMovie, or other consumer grade editing software. Fret not! Once you get the program (Final Cut Pro is a one and done deal. Adobe you have to subscribe monthly), import some footage. Anything. Film the trees in your backyard, or Great Grandpappy’s 100th birthday bash. Just get footage you can work with. Once you import it, which should be pretty straightforward since it works the same on most software, then you can learn the program. You may have to look up how to get your footage into the timeline, but after that, it’s up to you. (Well not really, you can always look up how to do things on Google.)

You will slowly, but surely, start to pick up how to use the program, and rely less and less on online tutorials. Learning by doing. One great thing about this method is that you don’t necessarily need that internship to teach you these skills. You have the power to teach yourself and put it on your resume that you have a working knowledge of a program. I should mention, however, that knowledge of a program doesn’t guarantee you a job at all, but it’s a good start. Hard work, experience, networking, etc. These are things that will help you land that job. Just keep on keeping on!