I don't really have a long term goal right now. I want to get into QA and do the best that I can within that position. I don't want employers to think that I view the position as a stepping stone to becoming a designer, and I sincerely don't. I'm at a point in my life where I want to explore some different paths and try to find whats right for me because I just spent 2 years studying finance at college more or less because it felt like what I was "supposed" to do after high school, and I don't want to make that mistake again.
My goal is to get a QA job right now. Do the best I possibly can to fulfill my duties as a QA tester, and go from there. I want to get a feeling for whether or not I would enjoy a career in the video game industry. Would it be cool to be a designer? Probably, but I don't have my mind set on anything right now. Based on who I think I am and what I think my strengths are I would say that I'm best suited to be a producer or programmer. I don't have any schooling in programming but I did a lot of HTML in a few web design classes in high school and I was very good at it, fast at it, and enjoyed it so I can see myself being a good programmer but obviously that would require i get schooling which is another thing that I'm open to and would like to explore ideally as I work a QA job.
Long story short I don't really know what to expect and frankly at this point I feel that I probably won't get a QA job at all. My resume is mediocre, I've worked 2 jobs in restaurant business, i had a 3.2 GPA at college, and I have decent extra curriculars. On the negative side I dropped out of college which probably leads employers to label me a quitter. I have no degree. I have no experience in the video game industry, and I live in New Hampshire (obviously not local). Really the only thing I feel that I have going for me is my experience as a really good gamer and my experience testing games (lots of beta testing experience and I alpha tested a recent AAA mmo and gave a lot of feedback on balancing directly to devs) but realistically I don't feel like that is going to offset the shortcomings on my application. I might be able to use a few low level connections at a couple of companies so that seems like my only real shot at this point... Kinda feeling down about the whole situation.