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PL&P 2016 Next Generation Survey

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Professional Lighting & Production surveyed lighting, video, and staging professionals across the country to get their thoughts and opinions on the incoming generation of professionals entering the industry. Here are the results…

Into which of the following age groupings do you fall?

Under 20     0%

20-29          0%

30-39        27%

40-49       27%

50-59      36%

60 and over   9%

Do you currently work on a regular basis with lighting/video/staging professionals under the age of 30?

Yes    82%

No     18%

How optimistic/pessimistic are you about the skills, knowledge, and ambition of newcomers (29 and under) to the lighting/video/staging industries?    

Very optimistic               9%

Slightly optimistic         45%

Indifferent                      18%

Slightly pessimistic        27%

Very pessimistic            0%

Generally speaking, which statement best describes your opinion of the work ethic of newcomers (age 29 and under) to the lighting/video/staging industries?    

They have an extremely strong work ethic & desire to learn   0%

Their work ethic & desire to learn is generally good               27%

They’re about the same the generations before them              0%

Hard to say; it varies widely from person to person                55%

Many are a little lacking in work ethic & desire to learn        18%

Most are very lacking in work ethic & desire to learn           0%

Do you believe the industry would benefit from a stronger focus on educating and stimulating the younger generation of talent entering the pro lighting/video/staging industry through trade shows, publications, online resources, etc.?

Absolutely            82%

Possibly               18%

I don’t think it would make a difference     0%

Based on your own experience or through observation of the recent grads that you’ve worked with, do you feel college/university programs are doing a good job of preparing young professionals for the job?

Most programs/schools do a good job                 9%

Some programs/schools do a good job                55%

In general, I don’t think it makes a difference      9%

Most programs/schools to a poor job                  9%

I don’t know                                                        18%

Would you ever consider enrolling an employee in a training or workshop program tailored to young professionals entering the pro lighting/video/staging industries?

Absolutely            55%

Possibly      45%

No              0%

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