As an active duty Marine Corps Officer, graduating with a BS in Computer Science in 2009, I have had limited** application of the technical aspects of my degree. I have had a blast getting to work with and lead Marines in and out of combat, but am worried now that I am going to transition back to civilian life next year that I won't have the skills necessary to break into the game industry.
After reading Break into the Game Industry (Adams 2003), I think that I am best suited for a position in game design. Working with different people to assemble a game with a coherent vision seems challenging and fun. The main question I have is more of a philosophical matter for those who are in the industry and have worked with level designers and lead designers. Should I focus on re-gaining my diminished technical skills or double down on the leadership and management skills I have acquired within the military?
I have been trying to teach myself C# to get myself "back in the game," but I realized that I wasn't even sure how technical a position a level designer is. Any advice would be great. Should I continue trying to regain technical skills? If so, where would be a great place to start?