Results from a recent survey by the MCAI International Office to
determine our members’ professional development needs and preferences
are in.  Survey contributors were eligible for valuable prizes and
among the lucky winners picked from the hat are Orange County/LA
Chapter members, Bill Ennis who will be the new owner of an Apple 30 GB
iPod with Video Playback and Jo Ann Lesser who wins a Sony Sound Forge
8 software.  MCA-I’s mission includes career-enhancing training and
tools and the survey helps the MCA-I University* Team prioritize its
  Survey results and more….


  130 respondents participated, of which 125 were members. The
professions most represented were: producers, editors, directors,
writers and multimedia producers. Web developers, consultants and
educators also participated.

  In response to the question, “what are your education interests?,” 74%
said they were looking for “skills refinement,” followed by: “skills
training,” “business development” and “business leadership.”

  The runaway favorite learning preference was “hands-on workshops” with
83% of the vote. The two runner-ups were “seminars” and “on-line

  When choosing a given professional development option, “Choice of
topic” was the most important factor, according to the survey;
“location” and “cost” follow closely behind.

  The MCA-I University Team is exploring a variety of training
possibilities to bring to the members, one of which is partnering with
existing venues. Of the venues offered, you said you’d be most
interested in attending “NAB,” “Sony Workshops” or “DV Expo.”

  The team will use this information to develop a plan to provide a more
extensive array of affordable professional development to our members.
The team also plans on sending out another survey to explore which
topics are most pressing for our industry.

  Plans for an exciting MCA-I University event are in the works for
fall. If you’d like to become involved with the building of this
important member benefit, or have more thoughts to share, please email
Steve Tingley, MCA-I University Chair.