Friday, 27 November 2015

Grads In Games visit to UCLAN for the Get in the Game Careers Talk Tour

Grads In Games visit to UCLAN for the Get in the Game Careers Talk Tour 2015 proved to be a really informative event! #gitg15
Students from both Games Design and Games Development courses flocked into the studio to hear talks by the Grads In Games team guests:

Ben Milnes, Recruitment guru at Aardvark Swift
Lee Stott, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft for talk slides see: Landing your Dream Job
Uclan Alumni, Gavin who also won #SearchForAStar and Stockx from Boss Alien
Their talks helped students to learn what it really takes to make it into such a competitive industry. Covering topics such as:
• Career advice
• Information of how to maximise your chances of securing your first industry role.
• CV, Portfolio and Demo Advice
• Interview Techniques
• Technical and practical knowledge required by studios
• How to increase employability
• Q and A session
This was a great opportunity to gain expert information which could prove vital in our student careers and was worth every minute.
Advice included:
  • Use 'SketchFab' to showcase 3D work.
  • Aim to have a playable game published BEFORE you leave Uni.
  • Keep CV's uncluttered and link them in your online portfolio
  • Make sure the most important info is visible and accessible in your online portfolio
  • Include work to show how you have progressed in your online portfolio
  • For level designs, the modding approach is recommended
  • Construct 2 from Scirra is great for creating and publishing your games
  • Games Artists and Designers should make connections with Games Programmers at form teams and get collaborate creatively
  • Get your own business card for networking
  • Use 'Itchio' to promote your game- Open indie game marketplace and DIY game jam host

Ben Milnes- Aardvark Swift

Boss Alien

Lee Stott- Tech Evangelist at Microsoft

A big turnout from Games students
                     T Shirts prizes for correctly answered questions :)

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Search For A Star Code and Art Competitions

Open to final year & postgraduate students. Grand prize of an interview offer from one of our partner studios. 
Open to first- and second-year students. Grand prize of an internship with one of our partner studios.

A national initiative to improve the links between the UK games industry and academia.