I am a recent graduate from DigiPen Institute of Technology where I studied for my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation. I graduated this April and have been struggling starting my career off. I understand times are rough right now and many companies are on a hiring freeze due to the pandemic. I am a little lost at where and how to even go about finding the start to my career.
My partner (22M) also studied at my college, but for a programing degree, and has been getting interview after interview (helps that he has experience working in industry with internships). I on the other hand have failed to even get a single company interested in my work let alone any feedback. I do understand that in general in the game industry that programming and art are different fields and art is harder to land job in. I just am lost with how to progress with the little to no feedback I am getting on my portfolio, resume, and applications. I know that networking and connections are very important to landing a job in the game industry, but due to the pandemic it is rough because networking opportunities are non existent along with the fact that many of my connections can not assist me because either they got laid off or their company is currently not hiring.
I'll add that I know the particular job I am looking for is competitive (3D Character art) and I have a lot I still need to learn and practice.
** I guess what I am looking for by posting this is that I would like to receive constructive criticism on my portfolio and resume along with any and all advice anyone has for getting my foot in the door. I would appreciate feed back on: 1.What I can add to my portfolio to make me a better candidate 2. What I personally could work on (Skill and technique wise) 3.Any resources to help improve my work (videos, step by step break downs of a process, tutorials, courses to consider,etc...)