Had I chose right degree?
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:32 PM
Honore de Balzac
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 06:22 PM
For me, 17 years ago, I took a 2 year computer engineering diploma. It covered lots of cool electronics and micro-design stuff that I always had a strong thirst to find out. I never regret the knowledge I acquired from the course and from what I hear it was far more interesting than what I would've gotten from the other 2 year course my co-workers took that focused more on databases and development process. Other than some typical C++ programming classes, I don't use any of what I learned in my IT job. From what I understand, if I took the CS degree route, I would've gotten the education that I did get, plus what my co-workers got, plus a bachelors degree. It would've been another 2 years and tuition.
I don't make a lot of money but I'm comfortable and generally happy here in my chosen IT field. I don't think I'm in a position to try to get in with a major game studio but I believe I have enough knowledge to try to produce my own solo projects. I could probably take a couple courses to go the management route and make more money but I'd rather be a programmer than worry about project costs and office politics.
That's my experience. Your results will probably vary.
Edited by kseh, 23 November 2012 - 06:24 PM.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:05 PM
The most direct route is that you drop the Computer Engineering and find a good game development school. However, Computer Science has its own advantages, such as being able to land a programmer job easier to earn a living while you learn game development on your own time, which is the safest route.
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:43 AM
So in MY opinion:
Gaming related degree - more networking opportunities, more open doors to get in the industry
Programming related degree - more in-depth knowledge of computer science/engineering, more opportunities other than this industry
Hope it helps
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:38 AM
Apparently I have heard that some of the worst degrees to get into the game dev industry are the game dev orientated degrees. This is because they often only teach the students a single platform (such as Unity) and as you can guess, these do not have the same lifespan as generic C++ for example.
What is probably still most important is a good portfolio, such as loads of games you programmed on a website.
Edited by Karsten_, 24 November 2012 - 06:40 AM.
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:05 AM
Relax. Stop worrying.
I still don't know if I have chose right degree.
Getting is a degree, any degree, is what's important, and in a computer-related field is even better. Some of the most successful people I have met in the field majored either in physiscs or in English literature.
The fact that you can stick it through and be able to focus despite external distractions, and have learned how to learn on your own, is what a degree proves. It is not job training.
When I am acting as a hiring manager, I glance once at their resume to check that a person has a degree (and preferably in a computer-related field), but spend most of my time reviewing what they've done outside of academia. So if you want to be a game developer, develop games. It's that simple.
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:59 PM
Thank for all of you You really inspired me to move on. And Yes, my degree has C and C++ programming modules All of the rest I will learn myself.
We know that people are looking for someone who completes projects not matter what, as said earlier in this thread. Commitment is obvious if it is there, so stay with your decision and finish your degree. You are right; the rest you can learn yourself - one way or another.