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On-the-Job Training

WHY DO WE TRAIN YOU ON-THE-JOB?

With the Recording, Radio, Film Connection and CASA Schools, you’ll receive a solid foundation of career training in the field of your choice—but the real difference between RRFC and other schools is not what we teach you, but where and how we teach you. Every RRFC student spends his/her entire course training on-the-job, not in a classroom.

Textbooks and Labs Aren't Enough

Why do we put our students in real studios, companies and professional kitchens for their training, instead of "sheltering" them in classrooms and labs before they're "ready" for the real world? The answer is simple: you can't really learn to produce a hit single in a classroom. Or learn to host a radio show. Or light a film set, or run the camera. Or pitch a script. Or prepare twenty different meals at once. Or mix a session. Or…

You get the idea. You could spend 2-4 years (and a ton of money) learning ideas, principles and maybe a few techniques out of a textbook in a class, but the only way you'll learn how things work in the real world is to get into the real world and learn it in the places where those skills matter. Until you do, your education is incomplete. (That’s why so many trade school graduates still have to do unpaid internships after they graduate, and why some schools even arrange these internships. It's a backward way of admitting their teaching methods aren't enough on their own.)

What do we mean when we say your education is incomplete? Here are a few examples:

  • You can learn to mix tracks in an audio school classroom, but you can't learn how to deal diplomatically with a paying client who is pressuring you to get it right the first time.
  • You can learn to run a film camera or light a set in film school, but you can't learn to do it in a challenging location when you're four hours behind schedule and the director is yelling at you through the headset to get the shot.
  • You can learn how to run a board and develop a natural radio voice in broadcasting school, but you can't learn how to keep your cool on the mic when everything is going wrong in the studio.
  • You can learn how to perform a great sauce reduction in a culinary school kitchen, but you can't learn to do it on a busy Friday night with a restaurant full of customers and a dozen other meals in the queue.

Here's the thing: most industry professionals who graduate from classroom-based schools will tell you their real education happened after they got out of school! (Many of them also openly wish they hadn't spent so much money on their schooling.) So why waste those 2-4 years in a classroom when you could be learning those things on-the-job for a lot less money—and learning to do things the way the pros do them by working alongside them?

Work Experience

Another thing you can't get in a classroom is work experience—and believe it or not, that's the main thing potential employers are looking for. In the industries RRFC serves, employers simply don't care where (or if) you went to school, or for how long. They care that you have on-the-job experience. (In fact, for some employers, being freshly graduated is a negative, not a positive, because it tells them you have no experience.) This is also a big reason why unpaid internships have become so common for trade school graduates.

With RRFC, on-the-job training means you are getting the work experience AND the education all at once. As an apprentice (extern), you're getting the experience that an intern would normally get, PLUS you're getting one-on-one instruction from a mentor who is taking extra time to make sure you know how things work. This looks a lot better on a resume than simply sitting in a classroom.

Connections

Finally, one of the most important things about the industries we serve is that they all live and breathe by connections. You could be the most talented producer on the planet, but if no one in the music industry knows you, they won't hire you. The same goes for film industry jobs, restaurant jobs, and jobs in radio. Connections are key.

One of the best benefits of on-the-job training is that you're taking your classes in the workplace where the pros are working every day. Each day you go to class is another opportunity to form valuable connections with these people, and hopefully impress them with your passion, your work ethic and your growing set of skills. Many of our students have literally worked themselves into a job just by making the most of the opportunity, networking and making connections while they were in the work place. You can't do this in a classroom, but you can do it on-the-job. It's that simple.

SO…why does RRFC train you on-the-job?

Considering all the benefits involved…why wouldn't we?

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