BUILDING A CAREER IN THE VIDEO GAMES INDUSTRY

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Building a career in the video games industry

 

 

Heaven Media wants to support rising stars who dream of building a career in the video games industry. Just knowing where to start is half the battle, but the good news is there is likely to be far more opportunity to get your foot on the ladder than you may first think.

 

 

Whether you are a school leaver, or are looking for a change in career path, the first thing you should consider is what you are interested and / or qualified in. So for example, look at your core skills and interests and match these to potential opportunities.

 

 

Building a career in the video games industry

First explore what level of entry you might consider. For those just starting out look at:

 

 

  • Mentee programmes
  • Apprenticeships
  • Internships
  • Work experience placements
  • Education / Qualifications

 

 

Landing yourself a career in gaming is exciting but as with many other fields it’s challenging to break into as the competition can be fierce. We would suggest that you contact companies within theBuilding a career in the video games industry industry and ask for work experience placements that will allow you to try different roles and build up a portfolio. Show off your work and skills as you go along on professional networks such as LinkedIn – networking is important in the gaming industry!

 

 

Heaven Media welcomes all speculative applications. In fact, we have given internships and apprenticeships to enthusiastic candidates over the years. Let me introduce you to Harry and Stephen who are two such examples!

 

 

Building a career in the video games industry

 

 

What first appealed to you about the gaming industry?

How welcoming and warm the community is, gaming lets you sink away for a few hours in your own bubble or on the other end of the spectrum shout and cheer trying to compete against others, not the mention how the industry is very future proof and is likely to exist as long as society does.

 

 

What processes did you undertake to find career opportunities?

During school I had several interviews with accountancy firms offering apprenticeships organised via my a-level business class and had also attended several events where local businesses would attend to converse and learn about their respective industries.

I started looking for apprenticeships soon after I left school as being able to work and gain experience while earning qualifications at the same time was appealing to me. There were plenty of sites I used initially but I eventually settled on the gov.uk apprenticeship search for its ease of use and decent application process.

 

 

How did you secure your current position at Heaven Media

I had gone back forth so often about wherever I wanted to go to uni or not by the time I had made my applications I realised that accommodation was too hard to come by and that I really didn’t actually want to go; while on the job search I saw an apprentice vacancy that was both nearby and part of industry I enjoyed greatly. An application, a few emails, and an interview later I secured my role at Heaven Media.

 

 

What does a typical working day look like for you?

I start off writing up a to-do list for the day to keep track of what I need to do now or what needs to be done in the future, I then spend the rest of the day trying to get that list as short as possible. During my lunch break I enjoy playing games or just checking my phone, if working from home I spend my break either on my Xbox or doing some exercise. The second half of the day I dedicate towards my reoccurring tasks such as debt chasing or general accounting housekeeping.

 

 

What do you love about your job?

The warm working environment and flexibility of my work. Also the overall satisfaction I get from completing the more difficult tasks or crossing off a to-do list in its entirety as it appeals to the completionist within me.

 

 

What career aspirations do you have for your future?

I plan on becoming a fully qualified accountant; I am unsure if and what part of accounting I’d like to specialise in and branch out to, but I am sure there is no other career I would like to be a part of.

 

 

Building a career in the video games industry

 

 

What first appealed to you about the gaming industry?

I am a hugely competitive person, so I was a big Esports (yes, it’s Esports!) fan growing up. I was fascinated by the surge in industry development and where it might lead.

 

 

What processes did you undertake to find career opportunities?

The Games industry is quite niche, so options aren’t as numerous as others. I did a lot of research and exploring of different avenues that were convenient to me. A lot of Googling and trying to get in touch with different companies.

 

 

How did you secure your current position at Heaven Media?

I reached out to Heaven Media with my CV after leaving my job in London. Thankfully, what I sent was interesting enough for them to invite me for an interview at their head office in Cambridgeshire UK.

 

 

What does a typical working day look like for you?

I am lucky enough to have an incredibly varied workflow with different events and client projects. My usual work day revolves heavily around supporting Account Managers and New business with budgets, creative ideation and presentations for clients.

 

 

What do you love about your job?

My awesome team and the exciting projects we get to work on.

 

 

What career aspirations do you have for your future?

I think Esports is absolutely fascinating from a business perspective, it’s such a chaotic and changing environment. I think it would be both incredibly challenging and extremely rewarding to be involved in that industry more!

 

Building a career in the video games industry

 

You might not have a specific field of interest to start with and that’s ok. A lot of new entrants to the gaming industry will start with work placements which allow them to rotate roles over a specific timeframe to see where they best fit and what they most enjoy. All you need is the passion, enthusiasm and opportunity to get started!

 

 

It does help if you can identify particular areas of interest and here are just a few suggestions to get you thinking about the opportunities available to you:

 

 

Building a career in the video games industry

  • Video Games Developer / Programmer
  • Video Game Tester
  • Video Game Designer / Writer / Conceptualist
  • Market Researchers
  • Interpreters / Translators
  • Multimedia Artist / Animator
  • Composer / Musician / Sound Technician
  • Video Games Analyst
  • Community Management
  • Video Games Influencer
  • Professional Video Games Player / Streamer
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  • Components / Product Engineer
  • Video Games Publisher
  • Hardware / Software / Merchandise Distributor / Sellers
  • Marketing, PR, Brand and Business Development
  • Project manager
  • Website developer
  • Quality Assurance / Compliance
  • Customer Services
  • Association or Trade Body
  • Video Games Reviewer
  • Specialist Press Editor / Journalist / Blogger
  • Support services – such as Accountancy, Human Resources and IT

 

 

This list is by no means inclusive of every job and career path available to you in the games industry but we hope it has given you some ideas of the possibilities available to you. If you’d like to speak to us about potential career openings at Heaven Media please contact us.

 

 

Building a career in the video games industry