What is degree's long-term effect on a career?
Greetings. I am a high school graduate since more than half a year and did not take my educational decision yet. I am currently working with my brothers on our first game project to establish our business as an independent game development studio.
Past a few weeks, I have considered taking a degree in one of game design, game art, animation or interactive multimedia; most of which contain technical aspects (mostly programming) in addition to art. But then I came to the realization that independent work doesn't actually require one!
As far as I can understand, in the video game industry, a degree in a game related field is most important for jobseekers without work experience.
This conclusion makes a degree worthless for me, in the scenario where I work with my brothers independently and learn on my own. And since I am currently moving in this path, I need to know, what can the gain or loss of a degree in a related field alter for me on the long run?
I am not quite sure on the decisions that I am going to take later in life. I may seek employment, I may stay independent, or even work freelance. Thatís why I want to ask about the following possibilities.
- Let's say that I want to get employed after 4 years of independent game development with at least 1 project. Could the loss of a degree or professional certification lower my chances with the majority of big game firms? What about a second project and >5 years of experience?
- Despite the entry level gains at a firm, if I decide to stick to employment there and advance to higher positions, could the loss of academic education (while still having the industrial experience, of course) hinder my advancement or relatively lower my gains?
- What about my respect? A degree, especially a postgraduate, definitely yields some prestige, which could come in handy giving me priority over other equivalent employees or at least just give my thoughts and opinions more respect, which would definitely be awesome!
- And does my education even show up and have any importance when I actually am independent, but want to offer my studio's services to a customer or to cooperate with a bigger game development firm?
I can't think of other questions right now, but any additional thoughts are more than welcome!
Thanks in advance.