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wh1036

Member Since 14 Feb 2014
Offline Last Active Feb 25 2014 06:57 PM
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#5131650 How to find video games internships within the UK.

Posted by wh1036 on 15 February 2014 - 11:12 PM

Try cold-contacting local game companies just to see if you can come by and have a tour of the office. If nothing else, it will be a great learning experience and an opportunity to meet some people in the industry. In my case, I was extremely fortunate and after a day of observing and hanging out with the people at a company, I was offered an internship (I was told later that even though the company had the occasional intern, they never advertised internships).

 

I think the biggest thing that helped me out was that I was genuinely interested in everything I was seeing and being told. I was friendly and professional to everyone I met, and sincerely thanked everyone for their time. I appreciated the educational opportunity and wasn't harassing them asking for a job, and was honest about my technical abilities when I was asked. Just don't be discouraged. I emailed about 30 companies before getting a single response.




#5131648 I have a degree and experience, what should I be doing next?

Posted by wh1036 on 15 February 2014 - 10:52 PM

Do you still have contacts with any of those individuals? If not, fix that and re-connect.
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Personal connections are usually the best bet for this type of job. Look for the friend of a friend of a friend who knows somebody at a game studio, and become their new best friend. Talk to them, and figure out how to help them make a position for you an associate producer.

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Don't wait around trying to win a lottery at a publicly-announced entry-level opening. You need to intelligently navigate your social network and actively knock down the barriers with tact and diplomacy, politely yet firmly getting people to see that they need you. It will be good practice, because that is most of what a producer does daily.

 

It's been a few years since I've talked to anyone at my internship, but I did have a few mentors, got along with everyone while I was there, and left on a good note. The company is so small I doubt they'd be able to just create an opening for me, but I bet they'd have some good advice or leads for me and if nothing else it would be good to catch up with some of the guys I used to hang out with. The college I work at has a game design program too. I don't want everyone to know I'm looking for a new job just yet, but I bet some of the teachers could probably introduce me to some people in the industry.

 

I'm very eager to get a job in the game industry as soon as possible, but at the same time I'm willing to wait for a position that's a good fit for me and with a good team. I'm going to aim for IT or an entry-level business position, but will stay open-minded. I think for now I'll start working on networking, keep applying for public listings, keep studying the industry, and stay alert for any opportunities.

 

Thanks for the advice!




#5131416 I have a degree and experience, what should I be doing next?

Posted by wh1036 on 14 February 2014 - 04:26 PM

My long-term goal is to be a game producer, but for now I'm interested in breaking into the industry at all. That's a very common story, so let me tell you about myself. I have a bachelor's degree in management and an associate's degree in IT. In the time I was earning those I worked as a restaurant manager and had a year-long internship at a local game developer (small company, has been around about 10 years). At my internship I mainly did customer support and QA along with taking notes in production meetings. I have spent the last 2 years working in tech support at a college and teaching myself game design using Unity.

I am wondering what I should do next to try to break into the game industry. A job as an assistant or associate producer, or anything business related would be amazing, but I'm wondering if applying for QA or customer support jobs would be more realistic. Being a new dad, free time is hard to come by and I'm wondering what I should be focusing on now. Am at the right level to be considered for any of the previously mentioned jobs, or if I should be concentrating on learning more about the industry? Will game companies be at all interested in my internship or food service management experience, or only full-time game industry experience? Any advice?


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