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In Topic: Making the career switch from IT to video games?

08 February 2013 - 05:29 AM

Sorry for the double post but can anyone recommend any information sources for creating a suitable CV?


I have read through the information in the Sloperama article (http://sloperama.com/advice/jobapp.htm) but I think that may apply specifically to the industry in the US and I know from working overseas myself that the formatting on these things across regions can make a lot of difference and can sometimes dictate whether or not you are considered as a viable candidate. 


My CV as it as at the moment is an IT CV spanning several pages due to the various technologies I've been involved with and the contracts/projects I've worked on etc so I'm not quite sure what sort of format my entry-level QA CV should take. 

In Topic: Making the career switch from IT to video games?

07 February 2013 - 09:51 AM

OK thanks, in case I do need to look at the course route, can you recommend any in particular which are either UK-based or which I can study from the UK by distance and which would ideally be internationally recognised? I'm just worried that at the moment I will either be considered wrong for a testing role because I don't have games industry experience or I won't be considered for an entry level games industry job because employers will be worried about me taking what some people may consider as a career demotion and pay cut.


My girlfriend is also trying to look into something similar and worked from home on a couple of freelance game localisation projects (English to Japanese) whilst we were living in Canada but since we returned to UK she has been finding it difficult to find a role in game or media localisation and is currently working in bi-lingual customer services to earn a wage. Neither of us are looking to earn tons of money straight away and are happy to start from the bottom as long as we can do something which we actually care about.  

In Topic: Making the career switch from IT to video games?

07 February 2013 - 08:22 AM

Hi, thanks for the quick reply. 


To be honest, the kind of role which you have described in your last paragraph there sounds perfect for me and I think my IT skills would almost definitely stretch to something like that although recently I've been more involved with project work and application support than general IT maintenance. I am MCP and CompTIA qualified to do that sort of work though. 


I know there will be a pay cut involved in this and probably much worse working conditions than I'm used to now, especially since I work for a University at the moment but games are where my passion is and even though I've been in IT for years I'm still listening to games industry podcasts on my commute to work each day and I tend to keep far more up to date with the games industry than I do with developments in IT. 


Do you know if there is any sort of course which I should be looking at so that I can learn the processes behind QA and possibly get a foot in the door or is it just a case of pounding the virtual pavement with the games companies at the moment? I have a meeting with a Game2Train rep tonight and I know they do a QA course but I'm not sure if taking on something like that would be a lot of unnecessary expense and overkill since QA isn't a particularly well paid or highly skilled role and that would probably also mean dropping out of my current Open University degree course. I've had a look around online for some jobs currently being advertised by agencies but they're looking for at least one year of experience of a junior portfolio and I'm just not sure where to start to be honest. 


Thanks again for all of your help. 

In Topic: Online CS Degree and other decisions

07 February 2013 - 07:13 AM

The problem with the Open University though is that they don't offer any games-related degrees at the moment and don't have any plans to start as far as I know, especially considering the changes in UK tuition fees over the last few years. They do have a couple of games related modules but they're just short courses and don't count towards any of their standard degree programs at the moment. 


I'm an OU student at the moment but when I started I had the choice of either them or the UoL external program. The course advisor at the OU told me that whilst they don't offer any games-related BSc's, it would be possible in most cases to do an IT or Computer Science course with them and then move onto a games-related MSc afterwards with another institution.