How To Get A Job In The Video Game Industry
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How To Get A Job In The Video Game Industry

For developers, 2D & 3D artists, computer game designers, producers, sound designers & QA testers applying for a job.
4.8 (297 ratings)
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Last updated 6/2017
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  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Stand out from other candidates and get interviews for video game jobs no matter which role you are interested in (Programmer, 2D Artist, 3D Artist, Game Designer, Level Designer, QA Tester, Producer / Project Manager, Audio Designer, and so on).
  • Create winning Resumes, Cover Letters, Portfolios and LinkedIn profiles specifically tailored to the Video Game Industry.
  • Dominate in interviews by using specific, proven tactics and strategies.
  • Take action to get relevant video game industry experience (even if you have no experience to start with).
  • Create your personal brand in order to make it very clear to employers why you should be hired.
  • Create Proof-of-Value "Artifacts" that will make you stand out more than any other candidate and get your application to the top of the pile.
  • Use LinkedIn to easily Network with the right industry professionals (ie. Decision Makers who can give you a job)
  • Find (and create!) job opportunities anywhere in the world.
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  • Be passionate about wanting to work in the video game industry
  • Have some basic game creation skill or knowledge - for example, some skills in 2D art or 3D art, programming, game design, project management, audio design, game testing, community management, and so on.

If you're interested in game development and aspire to have a career making video games, this course will help maximise your chances of finding opportunities, getting interviews and dominating the job application process in order to land your dream job in the video game industry.

No matter what role you're interested in (programmer / developer, artist, designer, producer, QA tester and so on) and what experience level you currently have (from "none" to "a lot"), this course takes you through all of the fundamentals (eg. building your resume, writing cover letters, creating a portfolio, crafting your LinkedIn profile) and dozens of insider tips and strategies that 95% of your job-hunting competitors are not (yet) using. 

The course is perfect for people who are self-taught from taking courses, those who are soon-to-be and recent graduates, people who are switching careers or industry veterans looking for a change or promotion.

Why you'll get HUGE VALUE from this program...

  • You'll have the skill to create "Artifacts" - the technique which allows you get get interviews even if you have very little or no job experience in the games industry.
  • You'll create your Personal Brand - a critical step in passing employers "6-second test", and a brilliant way to make writing resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, emails and connection requests easier and more impactful.
  • You'll become a LinkedIn Master - using this incredibly valuable tool to connect with Decision Makers, make new opportunities, gather important intel and opening doors that would otherwise be tightly shut.
  • You'll learn from real-world Case Studies - job seekers like yourself who followed the teachings in this program got the interviews and job offers they wanted in the video game industry.
  • You'll know exactly how you can Get More Experience on your Resume - its tough to get a job if you have no experience right? This course will show you how anyone can get experience by being smart and offering needed value to teams. 

See you in the course

Ben & Rick

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is serious about finding work in the video game industry.
  • Students who already have some basic video game skill or training (for example, have completed an art diploma or a game design program or a computer science degree or have made some of their own games for fun or have played many games and are good at explaining the design of those games).
  • The course is most valuable for those folks who are ready to start looking for jobs now, or will be ready within the next 6 months.
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Curriculum For This Course
48 Lectures
Introduction and Fundamentals
14 Lectures 01:24:56

Quick recap of the promotional video in case you missed it.

Preview 01:27

Rick and Ben welcome you to the course and give you an idea of what to expect.

Preview 01:30

We'd love to hear from you. Please use the Udemy Q&A section to introduce yourself and to ask any questions at all you have as you progress through this course.

Introducing Yourself and Asking Questions

Introducing the approach that is followed in this course,
The 3-Part Value framework:

  1. Have Value
  2. Display Value
  3. Prove Value

This framework is explained within the context of a Case Study - a former student who used the techniques in this course to land a job as a Narrative Game Designer.

Case Study of Successful Student

This video maps out the specific steps we'll follow for this course and how each aspect links back to your central project of convincing an employer that you have Day 1 Value.

Project Checklist and Course Goal For You

There are many, many roles in the games industry.
We discuss the main categories of Development Team and Support roles.

Video Game Industry Roles Available To You

This huge list has all of the most common roles you'll find in game development studios. For each one, Rick has written a brief description to sum up what the responsibilities of that role are. This is a great list for getting more specific on exactly where it is you feel you can add value to an employer.

Big List of Video Game Industry Roles

We look at the broad requirements for the main roles as well as look at some job descriptions to understand what employers are looking for.

Requirements For Specific Job Roles

There are currently some "hot" areas where there are lots of job opportunities and not as many people qualified or able to fill those opportunities.
By targeting these opportunities you can increase your likelihood of getting a job offer.

Preview 08:15

You might have broad interest areas, but when it comes to getting a job (having enough value and presenting that value to employers) its critical that you focus on specific areas (ie. specialize). We discuss the why and how of this and help you drill down on what you will specialize as.

Why You Absolutely Have To Specialize

We've established that specializing is incredibly important. In this video we'll go through the process of how to pick your specialization based upon your own specific abilities and interests.

How To Create Your Specialization Statement

Rick and Ben discuss the idea that smaller teams are looking for more generalists than specialists.

Discussion: Generalist Versus Specialist

We can learn a lot by studying other people's mistakes.
Rick highlights the top job-hunting mistakes that you are likely making (and not even realizing they are mistakes).
The rest of the program focuses on what you SHOULD be doing... but this video helps you see what you SHOULD NOT be doing.

Job Hunting Mistakes You Have To Stop Doing

How well did you catch the fundamentals of getting a job in the game industry? Let's check that before we get into the meat and potatoes of your Value proposition.

End of Section Quiz - Your Understanding of The Fundamentals
10 questions

Section 1 Wrap Up
How To Be Valuable - Get This Right First
10 Lectures 01:05:38
Section 2 Introduction

A challenge and a reminder.

Always Improving

Given that employers want to hire someone who they believe has Value, how do they go about determining that? This video discusses the two ways employers look at you:

  1. What can you do
  2. What have you done
How Your Value is Assessed by Employers

Skill-based Value really is the true aspect of being able to do a thing. For example, your skill at 3D Modeling or your skill at Gameplay Programming using C++. In this video you'll know how to assess and improve your skills in a way which will make it easier to impress employers.

How To Get More "Skill-Based" Value

Ben and Rick discuss how long it takes to learn certain new skills.

Discussion: Learning New Skills

This is part 1 of a lecture where you'll learn killer tips and techniques for easily getting relevant video experience, even if you currently have no experience.

Finding All Your Experience Points

This is part 2 of a lecture where you'll learn killer tips and techniques for easily getting relevant video experience, even if you currently have no experience.

Offering Value To Get More Experience

Its tough to get a job if you have an empty resume. We continue our exploration of adding value to get experience by going through specific techniques for getting more valid experience for your resume.

Techniques For Getting More Experience

A very real and tangible example of how to get more video game industry experience to put on your resume using Upwork. This is also an excellent example of how you can "Prove Your Value" to get what you want. 

Case Study: Getting Experience on Upwork

End of Section Quiz - Having Value
10 questions

Section 2 Wrap Up
How To Display Your Value For Maximum Impact
12 Lectures 01:57:43
Section 3 Introduction

LinkedIn is constantly updating its platform and in turn we are constantly updating this course. You might see old LinkedIn footage if the point we are making is still relevant and useful.

A Note About LinkedIn

Introducing the concept of employers being busy and needing you to get to the point. We discuss a core technique for doing this.

Preview 02:50

How to create your personal brand.
How and where to use your personal brand.
Having a clear brand will make it incredibly easy for you to create your job applications and will increase the likelihood of getting interviews dramatically.

Create Your Brand and Personal Summary

After watching this video you'll be able to create an excellent resume, even if you have very little work experience.

Create a Great Resume

After watching this video you'll be able to write excellent cover letters that are clear and compelling and tell the reader exactly what they want to know about you.

Write Excellent Cover Letters

Let's see how well you understand the important aspects of Displaying your value.

Mid Section Quiz - Displaying Value
5 questions

LinkedIn has many great uses and applications. In this video we start to explore different ways to get the most out of this great tool.

How To Use LinkedIn To Get A Job

Having a strong LinkedIn profile is an absolute MUST.
After watching this video you'll be able to create an incredible, powerful, effective LinkedIn profile that will help you with your networking and job applications.

Create a Champion LinkedIn Profile

After this video you'll know what actions you need to take to make your LinkedIn profile shine.

Checklist For Creating a Great LinkedIn Profile

After watching this video you'll be able to create an excellent Online Portfolio which will stand out from other candidates and give employers what they are looking for.

We look examples of well-crafted Portfolios for many different disciplines - Game Designer, Programmer, 2D Artists, 3D Artist.

You'll also learn some specific techniques (such as speed videos) that allow you to quickly build an impressive portfolio from scratch, even if you have no current projects or work to show. 

Create A Standout Online Portfolio - Part 1

In this second part of the portfolio conversation we scrutinize the portfolios that we had quickly looked at earlier to see how they go about making their work shine in the best light.

Create a Standout Online Portfolio - Part 2

Let's see how well you understand the important aspects of Displaying your value.

End of Section Quiz - Displaying Value
5 questions

Well done on completing Section 3.

Section 3 Wrap Up
How To Prove Your Value - The secret sauce revealed
7 Lectures 01:17:24

Ben and Rick welcome you to Section 4.

Section 4 Introduction

Artifacts are THE GREATEST tool you have available to you in order to get interviews and job offers. They take work, but they are worth it. This video contains many Case Studies of Rick's former students and how they used Artifacts to win jobs that they otherwise would have struggled to get interviews for.  

Artifacts: The Ultimate Weapon - Part 1

In this second part of the Artifacts discussion we look at the formula for creating great artifacts and how to use them as pre-interview and during-interview tools.

Artifacts: The Ultimate Weapon - Part 2

Rick and Ben discuss some specific ideas of artifacts for programmers.

Discussion: Artifacts For Programmers

How To Be Excellent in Interviews

Secret Preparation Strategies For Your Interview

After watching this video you'll be prepared for the types of situations, questions, challenges and problems that you'll have to deal with during video game industry interviews.

Typical Things To Expect In a Video Game Interview

End of Section Quiz - Proving Value
10 questions
Networking and Job Opportunities
3 Lectures 27:54

After completing this lecture you'll immediately be able to find job opportunities and start applying. We discuss some of the less obvious ways to find who is hiring and what roles they are hiring for.

How To Find Job Opportunities

After completing this actions mapped out in this lecture you'll have connected with dozens of decision makers in the video game industry and be ready to add value to them or ask useful questions relating to your application.

You'll also have a structure for how to conduct face-to-face networking so that you establish a solid relationship.

Using LinkedIn To Network Like a Pro

Fortune favors the bold! Don't just wait for jobs to be posted, go out and get them. In this video we discuss how.

Creating Job Opportunities

End of Section Quiz - Networking and Opportunities
5 questions
Bonus Lectures And New Content
2 Lectures 14:57

Top tips for getting a job in another country.

Getting Jobs In Other Countries

A Summary of new content for this course.

New Content Planned for Early 2017
About the Instructor
Rick Davidson
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14,166 Students
3 Courses
Game Career Coach with 13+ years in the Video Game Industry

Rick Davidson has been making video games for a living for more than 13 years as a Designer, Producer, Creative Director, and Executive Producer, creating games for console, mobile, PC and Facebook. He founded an Indie game studio, Inspirado Games, which was acquired in 2012 by Electronic Arts / PopCap. He has worked on cool IPs such as Mario, Transformers, Captain America and Mortal Kombat and created successful new IPs from scratch (such as "GardenMind" which was nominated for Canadian Game of the Year in the social / mobile category).

As a qualified Career Coach, Rick has helped thousands of people achieve their dream of making games for a living - both as Indie Game Developers and as valuable game industry employees.

Ben Tristem
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Best-selling Instructor, Game Developer, Online Entrepreneur

Hi, I'm Ben. I have a degree in computing from Imperial College London, and a physics diploma from the Open University.

I started working for myself at the age of 15, and never looked back. I explored careers as varied as being a commercial pilot, stunt-man, rock climbing instructor, and more. None of these provided a continued challenge, and stable income in the same way technology does.

After building and selling a home computer support business, I became an angel investor and business mentor here in Cambridge UK. I fell in love with teaching game development through one of my investments, and I now spend all of my time sharing my passion with people like you.

I can't wait to help you experience the fulfilment, and financial freedom, that having a deep understanding of technology brings.

So why not start learning to make games with me and my team now?

See you soon!

Ben by Ben Tristem
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