ok I hope this is gonna be encouraging rather than discouraging lol!
For internships: don’t worry. The internship office is crazy disorganized. I emailed that dude like 3 times a week for months and he never replied unless I went into the office. I didn’t get my internship until the very last day of class, and I know quite a few people who didn’t get them until a few WEEKS after classes ended, and they still ended up in good places. If you haven’t already, try contacting places that aren’t on the list supplied, coz you might be able to find something you really like there! For example, Telltale Games wasn’t doing internships, but I was like ‘heyyyyyyyyy hey gurl hey’ and they gave me a storyboarding test, although I got my internship in Toronto before I could complete it.
I was super picky about internships though because I HATEEEEEE animating and never want to do it, but like 90% of the jobs posted were specifically for that, and not for layout/storyboarding/anything else. But then a couple game companies posted looking for people to do assets for their games and I was like ‘sure I like video games’, and ended up going to Uken, which was totally the best thing that could’ve ever happened. Which leads me into the other part of the question:
It’s okay to not know what you want! I was just as stressed last year. I thought I really wanted to go into boards, and then I met up with (a notoriously shitty) prof for a portfolio review and she basically told me everything I do is garbage and that I’d never get a job. WHOOPS. So I was super miserable for months after that, I barely even wanted to draw, because previously I had really really respected her, and was super confused by her reaction because gotten 100% in her course and was all psyched about boarding because… uh, she told me I was A+ good at it. I have since realized she’s like the worst person ever so don’t take anything she says personally, but it kind of helped because I’m really into video game stuff now! I never would have been if I didn’t get my internship, because at Sheridan they don’t even TALK about video games. If they do, they make it seem like something you have to go through the 3D grad program to get into. I had no idea this was a job you could get with what they taught us, tbh.
My point is: you can do whatever you want. There’s so many things you can do and not know about already because Sheridan focuses so much on film and tv animation. You don’t have to know exactly what it is right now - you have an entire extra year of school to figure something out! And even if you don’t have it figured out by then, you have the whole rest of your life. This isn’t like high school where they’re like PICK A JOB YOU CAN NEVER CHANGE OMFG. This is your life, you can take a bit of time to decide what you’re gonna do with it, it’s okay.
As for my plans after graduating: lord idk. We have our Industry Day tomorrow where all the companies come in to talk to us, and then after that we’re on our own. I haven’t been looking for anything at all yet, and as far as I know, the rest of the year is in the same boat. There is one dude out of the 110 of us who already has a job, and I’m 99% certain he got hired by his internship. I think another guy is working on getting a grant to start his own studio.
I’d love a job in the game industry somewhere, that’s my vague goal lol. Honestly, I just want a break - I haven’t had any time off that I didn’t do work through since summer of second year. T3T;; Give me like two weeks to play video games, pleaaase. This is my first week off school and I’ve still been there every day lmao
Oh also, tell her congrats on her film! I don’t know which one it was, but I was at the screening and they were all great.