Questions tagged [career]

Career refers to the progression, over time, of one's chosen profession. Questions using this tag should be related to such topics, but note that opinion-oriented discussions, such as solicitations for career advice are off-topic. See the full tag wiki for more details.

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What is a good strategy to switch my career from full-stack developer to game developer? [closed]

I am senior full-stack developer at age of 30 and I mainly work with Java EE/Spring/... in back-end and Angular/React/JQuery/... in the front-end. I love programming but my dream job was game ...
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What is meant by “System Programming”?

I am preparing for an internship as game programmer at a world-renowned game development company. When I searched their website for necessary prerequisites, it showed me this: Added Advantage ...
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Games Dev Work Experience for Teenager [closed]

I have a teenage son that wants to work in games development and design when he is older. We've been to several conferences that explain the importance of experience when looking for a job. Also being ...
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Computer Graphics degree or Game Development degree to get into game industry? [closed]

I am currently having a BSc degree in Computer Science. I want to get into AAA game industry. My focus is on the core stuffs like rendering, physics, graphics programming. I plan to get a master's ...
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Is knowing Microsoft Office programs a plus for game producers or do they have to know them well?

I've been told that they should know them, but I've also been told that it's a plus.
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How likely will I be able to get a job in game design with a masters in computer programming? [closed]

I'm currently attending college and am almost finish with my Bachelors in Computers science.I plan on getting my masters in computer programming in hopes that it will help me get into game design. If ...
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Do game studios look at personal projects when hiring? [closed]

I am 17 and I have spent the past 5 years making games for fun. But now I am faced with college and it might be time to get serious about this hobby. So do Game Studios want to see personal games or ...
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Picking college degree (want to be games programmer) [closed]

Alright, so I know there's plenty of questions that have to do with college degrees on this site, but I don't feel that any of them really answer my question. I recently got accepted into Northeastern ...
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Programmer career roadmap [closed]

this is my first post on this SE, and I have noticed the large numbers of closed/downvoted career-related questions, so I will try to ask in a fashion most gingerly. What would the career roadmap for ...
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How to figure out if I'm on the right path [closed]

I'm a software developer from Israel, I've been programming professionally since 2011, my first job was in HP software and lasted 2 years after which I decided that I want to pursue my dream in ...
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Will Unity skills be transferable?

I'm currently learning Unity and working my way through a video game maths primer text book. My goal is to create a racing game for WebGL (using Three.js and maybe Physic.js). I'm well aware that ...
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Mentality for the hard initial stage of game development [duplicate]

I feel like there is a lot of excitement involving the initial steps towards developing games. Kids (myself younger self included) get very excited about making games and talk for hours about the ...
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Black Box Functionality Testing Methods that apply to an MMO [closed]

I've been interesed in a career in Video Game QA for a long time now. I've participated in roughly a dozen+ public/closed betas for different games, everything from FPS, MMO, MOBA and RTS, as well as ...
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Is it possible to be a game artist and not work on character/creature animation?

If I don't want to develop and animate living characters (animals, humans, robots, et cetera) for games, but I do want to develop/animate objects (TVs, phones, cars, et cetera) or levels... is it ...
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Is a Masters degree in computer science beneficial over a Bachelors in the game industry? [closed]

Suppose a student (who is seeking to become a video game developer) is studying Computer Science at a state-level university, and is about to complete his or her bachelors degree. Would the student ...
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Discrete mathematician? [duplicate]

I'm studying a relatively new mathematics degree called 'discrete mathematics'. This degree intertwines mathematics and computer science such that you can solve most mathematical programming problems (...
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What is a game development portfolio?

What is a portfolio in game development? Does it include programming or modelling and animation too? Can somebody explain it to me?
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How to get a job in the game industry if you live in a country where there are no game companies? [closed]

You know not everyone of us is living in the US/Europe where there is potentially many more employers/opportunities than other countries, I live in a country where there is literally zero game ...
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Is there a place in games for people with financial engineering or operations research backgrounds?

I just started my first year in college in an engineering school. I haven't had any classes about programming, and although I'm in an engineering school I'm not that good at (and don't enjoy) physics ...
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Different aspects of games development [closed]

I am and have been quite interested in programming games for quite a while now, however an interesting question I've thought about lately is what do I want to specialize in? After doing some research ...
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As an artist, how do I go about gaining “experience”, and how do employers define it? [closed]

I'm a freelance 3D artist, and recently I've been looking into getting a full-time job as a character/environment artist (character prefered) and up until now I've only been doing unpaid commissions ...
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Career in game development move: hone developper skills, go indie, or a mix? [closed]

Question When you have a current stable job as a developer in another field, what is the best course of action to enter the game industry? Wait (indefinitely?) for an opportunity to sell your skills ...
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which courses in Computer Science are really needed for game development? [closed]

I would like to know what courses that somebody interested in game development, should take in a Computer Science Career? I suppose that are necessary for example: ...
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How to a go about making my modding into a career? [closed]

I am 16 years old and still at school(UK). I really enjoy creating maps using things like the creation kit and workshop on steam. I have loads of game ideas and every game I play creates 100 more. ...
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Internships at a video game company [closed]

I have been thinking about what I want to be doing for the summer, and one of the things I have been considering was to try and find an internship at a game company. Does anyone know if game companies ...
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What is the breakdown of jobs in game development? [closed]

There's a project I'm trying to start for Indie Game Development; specifically, it's going to be a social networking website that lets developers meet through (It's a secret). One of the key ...
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What is the best degree Computer Engineering or Software Engineering? [closed]

I'm interested in getting into the gaming industry, but i'm unsure as to whether which degree would help me the most. I also do not have any prior programming knowledge(apart from some basic html). So,...
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Costs/profit of/when starting an indie company [closed]

In short, I want to start a game company. I do not have much coding experience (just basic understanding and ability to write basic programs), any graphics design experience, any audio mixing ...
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Starting a career with broad experience or specific experience [closed]

I am a senior in college going for a CS degree. I have an internship that works with a variety of languages and gives me a pretty good amount of responsibility. The only problem is that it is the ...
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Architects into videogames

I'm an architecture student in my last year. I've always been interested in videogames design. I use 3d Max and Photoshop on a daily basis, and I was thinking about aiming for a career in videogames, ...
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How can i jump to game development and continue career in 7 months? [closed]

How can i jump to game development and continue career in 7 months?
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Programming languages reccomended for a career in game design [closed]

I'm currently in year 11 and about to complete the highest level IT subject that my school offers leaving me no advanced programming courses to do next year. My question is: are there any quality ...
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What advantages are gained by working in a gamedev company before doing indie [closed]

Is working in game dev company before going indie the right recipe? Really just looking for a clearer picture of advantages than what was posted in a similar question linked above.
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Is this masters course worth taking? [closed]

I've been spending the last couple of years developing 2D game in XNA but there are still alot of gaps in my knowledge especially in terms of 3D development and working in game development teams and I ...
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What are milestones for a game developer to gauge their progress?

I know actually completing a game is a massive milestone, a complete polished, holistic experience. Something that I've not yet been able to commit to. There are of course classes and degrees to ...
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Game designer in need of career advice

I've been working in game industry as a game designer (and lately as a producer) for 5 years, with over 20 projects under the belt. However, all of the games that I've worked on we're free2play online ...
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If I want to become a professional game developer, is learning Win32 API a must? [closed]

If I want to become a game developer, is learning Win32 API a must? Does X-BOX or PS based game developers need to know Win32 API? Is it possible for a professional game developer to develop games ...
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Do game studios hire people based on their math knowledge alone?

I have very little programming skills outside of very basic levels of Java, but I have excellent math and science knowledge. I was wondering what I could offer any potential team if I were to go into ...
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Game Design vs Game Development [duplicate]

What is the difference between a video game developer and a video game designer?
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Can learning how to do empirical research help a game developer?

I know this may be an odd question, but I have the opportunity to take a graduate class that teaches how to do empirical research. I've taken a Human-Computer Interaction class in the past where it ...
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Should I take this game design class? [closed]

I'm in graduate school for computer science and the department is offering a game design class. This is the only class that is offered by the cs department that has anything to do with games. I have ...
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What do potential employers look for in a good portfolio?

A buddy from work and myself are wanting to get into the indie scene for game development. I've done a few tech demos demonstrating different ideas and approaches for various problems. Now, I feel it'...
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Do AI or graphics programmers have more job opportunities? [closed]

I've come to a crossroads where I need to choose between focusing on AI or graphics programming for a career in games. I'm interested in both and am really wanting to know which area might have more ...
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What are the skills an art student needs to learn to work in computer game industary? [closed]

I have a BA degree, but no experience in developing computer games or computer programming. What topics do I need to learn to find a job related to computer game development? Where should I start? (...
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Is game development a super elite club? [closed]

We all read job vacancies via the internet like GitHub jobs or StackExchange Careers 2.0 for example. You know, web app development, iOS/Android jobs and many other things. We even read about jobs ads ...
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What to focus on in developing a game demo for an interview?

In other threads on this very website, it has been repeatedly stressed that having a game demo to showcase at a job interview is of paramount importance, so I decided to have a go and write my own ...
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Is there a typical career path to learn game development “on the job”? [closed]

The extended version of the question is: what is the typical career paths that a developer without specific experience in game development should take if he/she wishes to work in the game development ...
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What is the growth rate of MMORPG programmers? [closed]

I am wondering if anyone has an estimate of what the growth rate is for developers (programmers) with knowledge of how to build AAA MMOs1? Thanks
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I need advice for my future career [closed]

I'm 16 years old. I'm planning my future career and I'm standing on a doorstep and don't know which way to go. My dream was to create the best game ever. As I was growing up, I started to notice, ...
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Is game development a no-money field? [closed]

I'm in Israel, about to graduate from high school and thinking about the future. I'd really like to make videogames for a living. I have been playing with some tools (about to finally start a real ...