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How to Kickstart your Career in Games

08/06/20

If you’re looking to embark on a career in games, congratulations! You’ll be joining one of the most creative, fastest-growing and fun industries around!

Amiqus is a multi-award winning specialist games recruitment agency and during the PG Connects Careers Week, we will be sharing some of our top tips, advice and insight into the industry itself and, specifically, on how to get your foot on the ladder.

If you’re a recent grad or school leaver and you’re looking to take your first step into the industry, here are three initial points to consider:-

- Think about the studio you’d like to work for
- Think about the type of projects you’re interested in
- Think about the locations you can travel to or move to

 

Have a look at studio websites, find an HR or recruitment contact on LinkedIn, or speak to a specialist recruitment agency like Amiqus.

We’ll cover off how to boss your CV and presentation in another blog, but here are some other tips that we’ve collated from speaking to publishers and studios over the years…

1. Students who stand out are those who aren’t just working on university assignments – they’re organising side projects with friends, and they’re entering personal work into competitions. These students are constantly seeking feedback on their work, from lecturers and other students; they want to know both ‘what’ and ‘how’ to improve for a better grade.

2. Make yourself memorable. Get in contact with studios that interest you for your future career. Maybe ask about voluntary opportunities, work experience or ask for some feedback from them as a professional source. You’ll be remembered when you come to apply for a role.

3. Be persistent and proactive in your applications, track where you’ve sent your CV and follow up if you haven’t heard anything after a week. Email the hirer directly if you can, ensuring you’re polite and concise. If you are rejected, seek feedback and use that to improve.

4. Take opportunities to build your network – at present, this will be at virtual events and festivals, of course. But these events can still give you the opportunity to ‘meet’ new contacts.

5. Don’t stand out for the wrong reason – be careful with your digital profile. Create a professional Twitter/Instagram/LinkedIn/Facebook account with matching email address. Use that on your CV. Be savvy about what you make public and what you don’t.

6. Finally, be flexible with your expectations around project, company and location. Have a wish list, but stay open-minded to give yourself the best opportunity of landing a role in the industry.

If you would like help kickstarting your career in games, please check out www.amiqus.com, connect with us via @weareamiqus and @amiqusgamesjobs or contact us at hello@amiqus.com

 
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