Short term certificate programs are a good start, but don't expect high end job right off the bat. Expect an entry level position where you will have to work your way up. There is NOTHING wrong with this approach. These programs are often 1 or 2 years. Just know what to expect when you walk out with your certificate in hand or on wall. Longer term programs like a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree are often 3 4 years, and offer a more in depth base to work from. Graduating from these programs give you a better chance of landing higher end jobs, but don't guarantee this result. Both short and long term programs most often offer a work placement into a related business/studio during or after your studies. This is very important for gaining experience which is often required for landing your first job. Some students get lucky, and get hired from the place they are doing their work practicum. Other students might even get hired before they even finish their program. This was unsettling to hear and it made me wonder how many knowledge gaps some college courses were leaving.

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It's also important to know what percentage of grads get hired after graduation.