KathyG Posted February 26, 2013 Share Posted February 26, 2013 This is probably going to turn into some sort of rant but I believe I'm among friend's. DS is in his graduate year and trying to get a job!! We all wonder what a school is looking for but what is a company looking for? Within his year group who are all applying to companies with various degrees of success. DS applies to one company along with his year group they all get invited to audition and he doesn't. Then we get the reverse where they all apply and DS is the only one invited to audition. Then those you don't think will be successful are the first to get a job. Everywhere he's been they all say you are good and have what we're looking for BUT we're still auditioning and we'll let you know. There are also many more apprentice schemes now and after 8 years of paying for his training I can't afford to fund him anymore. As mentioned in previous threads it's expensive, thank you Granny and Grandad though I have got to the point where it all goes on a credit card and I'll worry about it when he's finished school!! On a positive for someone who hasn't travelled much he is now quite accomplished at finding his way even when mum books him a bus ticket but forgets to find out that he has to get from the airport to the bus station first! Or he lands into the worse snow storm for 5 years and takes 5 hours to get from the airport to his hostel when it's normally a 20 minute journey. That's another experience staying in hostels although he has shared a room with others since he was 11 sharing a room with 7 grown men who offer you drinks and drugs is slightly daunting. But it's cheap! We also double check everything after the first trip where half way to the airport DS says I've forgotten my coat!! He was going somewhere cold! Also I forgot to check his phone would work abroad so no contact from him until phone got connected. When I read all of the posts about whether our DC are getting offered places at schools and funding I start to wonder about the number of our DC gong into training and if there will be enough work at the end for them. I have a friend who's DD graduated 18 months ago (MT) got a first job but is now working as a waitress struggling to find dance work. If you're not getting offered funding is someone gently saying although you're good enough to train we don't think you'll get a job at the end of your training! How many students come out of all of these schools/colleges each year. There must be 100+ just from the ballet schools. We all want our children to follow their dreams but we have to be realistic that there isn;t enough work for them all. Midde child wanted to be a mechanic how ever hard we tried it wasn't to be but he's turn out to be a jolly good welder! How ever much DS wanted to dance without funding he was going nowhere. Refering to the post on DaDa's and when the MP David Laws refers to state training in the performing arts (BTEC's) you won't be getting a dance job at the end of that course without further training at a private institution.. It was also said that it was easier for boys, that isn't the case now with no thanks to Billy Elliott! Alongside all of this DS is performing in Aladdin and is literally getting of a plane and then having to find his way to the next stop on the tour, when he retiurns tomorrow he has to get back to Birmingham then a train to Manchester ready for performances in Salford. BRB has no intention of offering him a job so why are they so insistent he has to chase them around the country to take part. It is costing them though as it is more expensive to fund one rail ticket for someone who missed the coach. It is still a wonderful opportunity for him and he wants to do it and enjoys the experience. We also get to go and watch when they come to London. There is still time to find a job and he still has a couple of options but each time it's getting harder, I'm grinding my teeth again and work is wondering where I keep disappearing to as I have to keep taking and collecting him from airports. As I said a bit of a rant but it helps to put it into writing and share with those in similar boats. Good luck to those also auditioning one or another this year it is definitely a journey. 14 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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