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What kind of post-secondary education; and what kind of jobs?

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Hi, let me give you a bit of a backstory on me necessary to complete the question.

I am currently 15 yrs old and going into gr11 next year.

I have two plans. Plan A and Plan B, though Plan B is NOT there for failure, it's kinda like a 50%/50% kind of thing.

Anyway, here are my two life plans.

Plan A:
- Go to college for auto engineering and diesel
- Become something in automotives (I LOVE automotives)
- Get a house and etc.
- Live the usual life everyone else on land lives and work in automotives

Plan B:
- Go to college for diesel mechanics (1 or 2 yr college cert.)
- Spend the summer crewing for live-a-board cruising yachts to gain experience.
- Go to college for some kind of diploma/cert./adv diploma/degree in a vid-game related college course
- Purchase a sailing yacht
- Cruise the world, working from the boat in the gaming industry

Those are my two life plans; which I will go to will depend solely on the summer after my college diesel course. If I like crewing on a sailing yacht, then I'll take B, if not, then A.

Though I still need to know, I have two questions.

What kind of jobs in the gaming industry can I do working solely from home? (or well. Boat.)

What kind of college education will I need to get into it? (How many years of study? What area of study?)

Keep in mind, the job MUST be able to be done solely from home with Wi-Fi.

Thanks for ANY help!
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[quote name='Sebastian Soeiro' timestamp='1340573154' post='4952438']
What kind of jobs in the gaming industry can I do working solely from home? (or well. Boat.)
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Realistically? It'd be an absolute miracle if you ever found a job in the gaming industry that let you work from home every day. The only way I know of that you can maybe do that is if you work for yourself making indie games (but if you do that, you should plan on being poor).

[quote name='Sebastian Soeiro' timestamp='1340573154' post='4952438']
What kind of college education will I need to get into it? (How many years of study? What area of study?)
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A bachelor's degree (4 years) in computer science is enough to get into the gaming industry as a programmer. Eventually getting a masters (2 more years) wouldn't be a bad idea though.
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[quote name='Sebastian Soeiro' timestamp='1340573154' post='4952438']
What kind of jobs in the gaming industry can I do working solely from home? (or well. Boat.)
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Realistically? It'd be an absolute miracle if you ever found a job in the gaming industry that let you work from home every day. The only way I know of that you can maybe do that is if you work for yourself making indie games (but if you do that, you should plan on being poor).

[b]I don't really want to get into indie... [/b]

[quote name='Sebastian Soeiro' timestamp='1340573154' post='4952438']
What kind of college education will I need to get into it? (How many years of study? What area of study?)
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A bachelor's degree (4 years) in computer science is enough to get into the gaming industry as a programmer. Eventually getting a masters (2 more years) wouldn't be a bad idea though.

[b]I don't really have a lot of money. 4 Years would be my limit. Also, I don't need to get into programming, I'd take any job, even if it's just being a Game Master for some MMO, I'm totally fine with that. I don't need wages to be a lot, I just need them to be above minimum (doesn't even need to be a lot above minimum.)[/b]
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[quote name='Cornstalks' timestamp='1340574195' post='4952443']
A bachelor's degree (4 years) in computer science is enough to get into the gaming industry as a programmer. Eventually getting a masters (2 more years) wouldn't be a bad idea though.
[/quote]

Did Sebastian say he wanted to be a programmer?

Sebastian, please read this forum's FAQ. Back out to the forum main page, and look for the FAQ link at upper right.
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[quote name='Tom Sloper' timestamp='1340582753' post='4952483']
[quote name='Cornstalks' timestamp='1340574195' post='4952443']
A bachelor's degree (4 years) in computer science is enough to get into the gaming industry as a programmer. Eventually getting a masters (2 more years) wouldn't be a bad idea though.
[/quote]

Did Sebastian say he wanted to be a programmer?
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No, and I never said he did. He said he wanted to work "in the gaming industry." There's a lot of things he could do, one of which is being a programmer/software developer, and I can really only comment on being a programmer/software developer, which is what I did. He never mentioned he didn't want to be a programmer, however. If he wants to be/do something else, that's just fine, but I can't comment on those things, so I didn't. I wasn't implying he needed to be a programmer or that that was the only way to work "in the gaming industry." Edited by Cornstalks
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[quote name='Tom Sloper' timestamp='1340582753' post='4952483']
[quote name='Cornstalks' timestamp='1340574195' post='4952443']
A bachelor's degree (4 years) in computer science is enough to get into the gaming industry as a programmer. Eventually getting a masters (2 more years) wouldn't be a bad idea though.
[/quote]

Did Sebastian say he wanted to be a programmer?

Sebastian, please read this forum's FAQ. Back out to the forum main page, and look for the FAQ link at upper right.
[/quote]

I did read some of them, but I didn't exactly see a "these jobs are most likely to be work-at-home jobs", so I don't know exactly what I'm looking into. That's why I'm asking which jobs would possibly be availible to be work at home. Thanks!
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[quote name='Sebastian Soeiro' timestamp='1340588888' post='4952506']
I did read some of them, but I didn't exactly see a "these jobs are most likely to be work-at-home jobs", so I don't know exactly what I'm looking into. That's why I'm asking which jobs would possibly be availible to be work at home. Thanks!
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NONE of them are work-at-home jobs. FAQs 24 and 27 say that, and a couple others do also.
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[quote name='Tom Sloper' timestamp='1340591017' post='4952514']
[quote name='Sebastian Soeiro' timestamp='1340588888' post='4952506']
I did read some of them, but I didn't exactly see a "these jobs are most likely to be work-at-home jobs", so I don't know exactly what I'm looking into. That's why I'm asking which jobs would possibly be availible to be work at home. Thanks!
[/quote]

NONE of them are work-at-home jobs. FAQs 24 and 27 say that, and a couple others do also.
[/quote]

Even just being a Game Master/Moderator for a MMO? I thought most of the folk who did those jobs were work at homes.
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[quote name='Sebastian Soeiro' timestamp='1340594422' post='4952532']
Even just being a Game Master/Moderator for a MMO? I thought most of the folk who did those jobs were work at homes.
[/quote]

I would like to hear more about that job, how much they're paid, how they found the job, how long they had to do the job without pay, stuff like that. I haven't seen that job listed in the industry salary survey yet...
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[quote name='Tom Sloper' timestamp='1340598121' post='4952556']
[quote name='Sebastian Soeiro' timestamp='1340594422' post='4952532']
Even just being a Game Master/Moderator for a MMO? I thought most of the folk who did those jobs were work at homes.
[/quote]

I would like to hear more about that job, how much they're paid, how they found the job, how long they had to do the job without pay, stuff like that. I haven't seen that job listed in the industry salary survey yet...
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It isn't exactly a new job... You apply like you would any other job ; http://www.aeriagames.com/jobs
They basically look over the community of the MMO and help out with any issues... Kind of like a Customer Service and Community Steward...
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[quote name='Sebastian Soeiro' timestamp='1340598780' post='4952557']
It isn't exactly a new job... You apply like you would any other job ;
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Yes. I never said it was a new job.
Thanks for the link -- it was interesting to read what that company looks for.
They don't say what the salary is, of course, and it looks like that's a position in which they want the employee sitting at the office, not at home.

That company lists the job as a customer support role. And I was wrong that the job is not mentioned by the 2011 salary survey. It is mentioned (http://www.gamecareerguide.com/features/980/game_developer_salary_survey_2011.php?page=4) but that job's salary is not explicitly given.
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[quote name='Tom Sloper' timestamp='1340630909' post='4952650']
[quote name='Sebastian Soeiro' timestamp='1340598780' post='4952557']
It isn't exactly a new job... You apply like you would any other job ;
[/quote]

Yes. I never said it was a new job.
Thanks for the link -- it was interesting to read what that company looks for.
They don't say what the salary is, of course, and it looks like that's a position in which they want the employee sitting at the office, not at home.

That company lists the job as a customer support role. And I was wrong that the job is not mentioned by the 2011 salary survey. It is mentioned ([url="http://www.gamecareerguide.com/features/980/game_developer_salary_survey_2011.php?page=4"]http://www.gamecaree...2011.php?page=4[/url]) but that job's salary is not explicitly given.
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Aww that sucks.. Looks like I have no choice but indie games.

Say, do you think it will be possible to find a at-home work position, even if it's something like being a GM (Game Master) in a smaller company game? I mean, I hear you talk of wages lots, and I hear lots of other people talk of wages; but in my situation (the boat scenario), I simply could live quite happily at minimum wage (10.25 in my country) given that i can have the flexibility I want. Though, fortunately, I do not think most of the job posiitons are minimum wage; I think they are above, which works in my favour.

I really like the game industry, even though I may be unknowledgeable about the industry, I would really love to get a place in it in my situation; even if the job is just at minimum wage or near that, even if the job requires over 40 hrs a week, and I'll do just about anything in the industry. Is there really no place for me whatsoever?

Recieving a defintive answer could be nice so that I have a clear idea of what my options are, but if there is a place for me somewhere someplace, I'd love to know so that I can cater my education towards that position (should I decide plan B)
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[quote name='Sebastian Soeiro' timestamp='1340645658' post='4952717']Is there really no place for me whatsoever?
Recieving a defintive answer could be nice so that I have a clear idea of what my options are, but if there is a place for me somewhere someplace, I'd love to know so that I can cater my education towards that position[/quote]

I thought I'd stated a definitive answer as regards to the work-from-home question.
As for types of jobs, and what education to get, please read the FAQs.
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[quote name='Tom Sloper' timestamp='1340650369' post='4952748']
[quote name='Sebastian Soeiro' timestamp='1340645658' post='4952717']Is there really no place for me whatsoever?
Recieving a defintive answer could be nice so that I have a clear idea of what my options are, but if there is a place for me somewhere someplace, I'd love to know so that I can cater my education towards that position[/quote]

I thought I'd stated a definitive answer as regards to the work-from-home question.
As for types of jobs, and what education to get, please read the FAQs.
[/quote]

Okay, thank you, good to know, looks like I'll have to look into a different area. Thanks for all the help!
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