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To all the proffesionals at Videogame programming :D

 

 

So i was about to writte a reaaaaally long post, but lets make it shorter:

 

The summer before I start highschool i learned c++ programming on my own. When i start hisghschool, the first computer-lab-class the teacher told us we where going to learn c++ programming through the year. I was really exited.

 

But in one year we only learned the really basics, actually just printing messages and small operations. I was disappointed. And by the way im really good at math (final grade: 9.1 out of 10).

 

In my first year in highschool i was the only  one who get 10 as final grade on computer class while the rest of my classmates struggle to literally open codeblocks.

 

I learned more in 1 month on my pc than 1 year on highschool. And i actually want to dedicate my life to programming

 

I already get tired of chemistry books, history books, universal literature and so. I want to leave that and already dedicate my whole time to game programming, but i have to study and i cant practice programming as much as i want to.

 

I was thinking in leaving school, and then read books, forums and take classes of digital arts online, with books and forums like this, with the internet maybe i can learn more, and learn what i really want to, what is going to actually be useful in my future.

 

 

So yeah, the question is:

Whats more important when looking for a job? experience and knowledge or a degree at some career? even without any experience.

 

I mean, if you are looking for someone, 2 guys apply, and the first guy says 

"I have i degree at whatever you need, BUT i have never worked in a company before",

and then the second guys tells you

"Im really good at whatever you need, look some of my works *shows experience*. I also have laboral experience and so. BUT i dont have a degree at anything."

 

Which one would you hire? And also whats your recomendation for me? someone who wants to learn Digital Arts in general and is not sure about his life decisions. I love everything, from prgramming to drawing concept art and stuff like that. I´d also like to learn web design, photography, android programming, voice acting... well, Digital Arts.

 

Thanks, and have an excellent week. 

 

fal

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Am I reading correctly that you are considering dropping out of HS?  I would suggest against that if only for the math classes.  But I think a HS diploma is important as well, AFAIK.

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If you stay around for it, you'll find that universities give more of a rats ass about teaching relevant content than schools, and those that are there want to be there and want to excel. You'll find more challenging content there and will likely enjoy it more.

Part of the challenge of university and further education in general is the fact that it's completely self motivated. The lecturer gives base reading material and leaves you to your own devices "coursework due next week, exam in three months". Reading more and learning more in your own time just helps.

Do what Hodgman says and prepare for university being an eye opener for you in a good way.

You're on the right track but don't quit school as it would make it very hard to get into uni in most countries.

Out of curiosity what country do you live in?

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To all the proffesionals at Videogame programming :D...
So i was about to writte a reaaaaally long post, but lets make it shorter:...
Whats more important when looking for a job? experience and knowledge or a degree at some career? even without any experience.
I mean, if you are looking for someone, 2 guys apply, and the first guy says
"I have i degree at whatever you need, BUT i have never worked in a company before",
and then the second guys tells you
"Im really good at whatever you need, look some of my works *shows experience*. I also have laboral experience and so. BUT i dont have a degree at anything."
Which one would you hire? And also whats your recomendation for me? someone who wants to learn Digital Arts in general and is not sure about his life decisions. I love everything, from prgramming to drawing concept art and stuff like that. I´d also like to learn web design, photography, android programming, voice acting... well, Digital Arts.


I would prefer a graduate with a degree and a reasonable portfolio over a dropout with a reasonable portfolio, if neither of them has professional experience that rises to the level of what I call professional experience.
My recommendation for you is to get a degree and keep building your portfolio. But depending on what part of the world you live in, you might not need a degree.
Your post has been moved to the Game Industry Job Advice board. You should read this forum's FAQs
http://www.gamedev.net/page/reference/faq.php/_/breaking-into-the-industry-r16

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I have no idea about your location in the world.  Perhaps in your city university education is not a necessity.  Perhaps in your region few people finish their primary education.  But in that case, it means people in your area are not technically advanced.

 

When I review applications -- which I do frequently -- nearly every person has at least a bachelors degree. Some have links to a portfolio, many list their hobby projects.

 

You do not compete in a vacuum.  If there are other people who look better on paper or on the job application your portfolio will never be looked at.  

 

There are some people in the forum who live in regions where formal education is less important, or who did not get college degrees.  If you happen to live in one of those places where college or university studies are not required you should still finish your regular school education. 

 

 

 

I was thinking in leaving school, and then read books, forums and take classes of digital arts online, with books and forums like this, with the internet maybe i can learn more, and learn what i really want to, what is going to actually be useful in my future.

 

That is a terrible idea. Stay in school. Get the most education you reasonably are able. 

 

Stay in school AND read books AND read forums AND read technical papers.  If possible for you in your region, also go to university or college studies.

 

While you are reading material online and in books, talk to your school teachers and ask them to help explain topics as you encounter them.  

 

Take advantage of the opportunity you have been given.

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