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#ActualDrakonka

Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:43 AM

Hi there,

I've recently done just this, except moving from Australia and with only a couple of years experience in the game dev industry (so you're in a better position in terms of experience and potentially in a worse position in terms of location). Like you, I do not have a degree (yet) and am self-taught.

I had decided to move to Europe to make games a while ago - I was already living in Australia and just needed to go through the citizenship process, but I am also a Ukrainian dual citizen. The reason I needed to be an Australian citizen is because it is much easier to switch countries with an Australian passport. I knew that because I don't have a huge amount of experience I would most likely need to move and interview IN the country, as employers would be less likely to set up relocation for someone who is still close to entry level.

So here's how I ended up doing it: About two months ago I moved to Sweden on a working holiday visa with enough savings to live here for about a year. This is NOT ideal because the working holiday visa is only for a year and cannot be extended, so I would need to go through the process of somehow arranging a work permit visa before my year is up. I got a job at a games company (scripting-type role however, not design as you mention) here about 1.5 months after moving. It really does seem much easier for employers to go through the process of hiring someone if that someone is already in the country and able to work. Of course I don't know if a working holiday visa to your country of choice would be an option, I'm not sure what the restrictions are with Russia. Maybe it's just something to look into?

#2Drakonka

Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:43 AM

Hi there,

I've recently done just this, except moving from Australia and with only a couple of years experience in the game dev industry (so you're in a better position in terms of experience and potentially in a worse position in terms of location). Like you, I do not have a degree (yet) and am self-taught.

I had decided to move to Europe to make games a while ago - I was already living in Australia and just needed to go through the citizenship process, but I am also a Ukrainian dual citizen. The reason I needed to be an Australian citizen is because it is much easier to switch countries with an Australian passport. I knew that because I don't have a huge amount of experience I would most likely need to move and interview IN the country, as employers would be less likely to set up relocation for someone who is still close to entry level.

So here's how I ended up doing it: About two months ago I moved to Sweden on a working holiday visa with enough savings to live here for about a year. This is NOT ideal because the working holiday visa is only for a year and cannot be extended, so I would need to go through the process of somehow arranging a work permit visa before my year is up. I got a job at a games company (scripting-type role however, not design as you mention) here about 1.5 months after moving. It really does seem much easier for employers to go through the process of hiring someone if that someone is already in the country and able to work. Of course I don't know if a working holiday visa to your country of choice would be an option, I'm not sure what the restrictions are with Russia. Maybe it's just something to look into?

#1Drakonka

Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:43 AM

Hi there,


I've recently done just this, except moving from Australia and with only a couple of years experience in the game dev industry (so you're in a better position in terms of experience and potentially in a worse position in terms of location). Like you, I do not have a degree (yet) and am self-taught.

I had decided to move to Europe to make games a while ago - I was already living in Australia and just needed to go through the citizenship process, but I am also a Ukrainian dual citizen. The reason I needed to be an Australian citizen is because it is much easier to switch countries with an Australian passport. I knew that because I don't have a huge amount of experience I would most likely need to move and interview IN the country, as employers would be less likely to set up relocation for someone who is still close to entry level.


So here's how I ended up doing it: About two months ago I moved to Sweden on a working holiday visa with enough savings to live here for about a year. This is NOT ideal because the working holiday visa is only for a year and cannot be extended, so I would need to go through the process of somehow arranging a work permit visa before my year is up. I got a job at a games company (scripting-type role however, not design as you mention) here about 1.5 months after moving. It really does seem much easier for employers to go through the process of hiring someone if that someone is already in the country and able to work. Of course I don't know if a working holiday visa to your country of choice would be an option, I'm not sure what the restrictions are with Russia. Maybe it's just something to look into?

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