Get the latest Education e-news
 

Go Back   Game Career Guide Forums > Programming
Forum Home Register Members List Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-09-2008, 09:13 AM   #1
TG1
Super Moderator
 
TG1's Avatar

Activity Longevity
0/20 18/20
Today Posts
0/11 ssssss271
Location: New York
Default moving from IT to games

Hey all,
first of all I'll start by saying that I read the article about moving from IT to game development and I still have some questions regarding my specific case.

Second, since this is my first post I'll introduce my self - My name is Tamar, I'm 29, live in Israel and I've been playing video games ever since I was 10 years old (hmmm, the last setence felt like something out of an AA meeting...)

I'll try to describe my professional history very shortly:
I've been a software enginner for the last 11 years, I started with C programming but after about 3 years moved to Java/J2ee. I know Java and SQL very well, and learned C++ but admit that I haven't done too much practical work with it so I don't remember much. I've also been a team leader for a few years and a systems analyst and I have experience with designing UI. I don't have a degree in computer sciences (most of my professional training was done in the Israeli army) but I will have a BA degree in social sciences (hopefully) by the summer of next year.

now for my question - I want to make the transition from being a software engineer to game programming and design, I am willing to relocate in order to do that (actually I want to do that anyway) and I feel that I lack knowledge in some areas like AI programming, 3D modelling and more (I would also like to get some knowldege regarding level and story design). my question is what is the best course for me to take to increase my chances to find a job? will I be able to find one with my current experience or will a degree or a diploma in game development would help?

tnx and I apologize for the lengthy post
TG1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2008, 09:50 AM   #2
yaustar
Administrator
 
yaustar's Avatar

Activity Longevity
2/20 19/20
Today Posts
0/11 sssss2270
Location: UK
Default

Quote:
will I be able to find one with my current experience
If you have a good portfolio to go wit your resume then yes, you should be able to.
yaustar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2008, 10:24 AM   #3
TG1
Super Moderator
 
TG1's Avatar

Activity Longevity
0/20 18/20
Today Posts
0/11 ssssss271
Location: New York
Default

tnx for the reply, I have some more questions:

What should a good protfolio contain?
what kind of job will I be able to get with my current experience?
If I decide to go and study will I be able to find a part time job in a gaming company while studying? or will they let me learn hands on while working?

and last one - what is the process for applying to a job remotely? I will probably won't be able to come to a face to face interview until later in the recruitment stage because I live in Israel (and the process will probably be longer due to visa application process, depending of course on the country).
TG1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2008, 02:57 PM   #4
yaustar
Administrator
 
yaustar's Avatar

Activity Longevity
2/20 19/20
Today Posts
0/11 sssss2270
Location: UK
Default

Q. What should a good protfolio contain?
A. Your best work. Complete and polished programs.

Q. what kind of job will I be able to get with my current experience?
A. Varies on your skill level. Senior programmer maybe?

Q. If I decide to go and study will I be able to find a part time job in a gaming company while studying?
A. Highly unlikely. I haven't heard of this happening before.

Q. or will they let me learn hands on while working?
A. Learn what in particular? If you don't have the skills to do the job, then I doubt you be in the job in the first place.

Q. and last one - what is the process for applying to a job remotely?
A. Email making sure you mention your situation in your covering letter/email. Then you take it from there.
yaustar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2008, 10:56 PM   #5
TG1
Super Moderator
 
TG1's Avatar

Activity Longevity
0/20 18/20
Today Posts
0/11 ssssss271
Location: New York
Default

thanks again

are there any positions that combine game design with programming technical knowledge?
TG1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2008, 02:49 AM   #6
yaustar
Administrator
 
yaustar's Avatar

Activity Longevity
2/20 19/20
Today Posts
0/11 sssss2270
Location: UK
Default

At best, Gameplay Programmer. Smaller teams/companies will probably combine the two regardless.
yaustar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2008, 12:48 PM   #7
TG1
Super Moderator
 
TG1's Avatar

Activity Longevity
0/20 18/20
Today Posts
0/11 ssssss271
Location: New York
Default

From your replies and from the articles on this site, seems like I realy should refresh my C++ knowledge (I learned it almost 11 years ago and didn't realy work with it), do you know any good tutorials?
TG1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2008, 01:55 PM   #8
yaustar
Administrator
 
yaustar's Avatar

Activity Longevity
2/20 19/20
Today Posts
0/11 sssss2270
Location: UK
Default

Thinking in C++ Vol 1 and 2 (free eBook): http://www.mindview.net/Books/TICPP/...ngInCPP2e.html
Effective C++
Code Complete
C++ FAQ Lite: http://www.parashift.com/c++-faq-lite/
yaustar is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:28 AM.






UBM Tech