Statistics show the video game industry to be the largest entertainment industry there is.
As such, it’s no surprise that we’re often asked by aspiring professionals, “What kind of jobs should I apply to?”
And, truth be told, we can’t answer that. But we can give you the tools and information you need to answer it yourself.
We’re Hitmarker, the largest video game job website. We have more than 10,000 live jobs from all over the industry, serving everyone from senior executives to first-time professionals.
And we know how frustrating it is when you know what industry you want to work in, but not the type of job that best suits you! Fortunately, we have a little process we’re going to run you through that’ll help.
We call it the three questions you should ask yourself.
QUESTION #1: What do you want to do?
This is an important question, and fortunately it’s one most people ask themselves before starting their job hunt.
However, in the world of video games, it’s quite common for someone to say that they want to make games, which is much too broad. There’s so many facets that go into the process! Do you want to be the person coordinating the delivery of the game into the market? Or the person creating the characters? Or the person developing mechanics in the game engine?
Each of these is a job of its own.
Decide what part of the gaming industry interests you most, whether that be programming, marketing, or something totally different, and conduct your search in only those areas.
Here’s a few areas of your own life you can look at to help you answer this first question…
Your spare time
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you enjoy activities where you’re responsible for leading a group, or creating art? Do you love music and the technical world behind it, or writing stories? You can often extrapolate a key point from these interests to guide your job search.
Picture the greatest possible thing you could do in the gaming industry, and keep that in your mind. We’ll be drawing on it later.
After all, we’re focused on finding people jobs that they’ll love doing for years to come.
QUESTION #2: What can you do?
Now that you’ve narrowed down your search to just the areas that you’re interested in, it’s time for the tough part. What professional skills do you have?
The answer might be none, and that’s fine! In that case, we’d suggest thinking about your schooling. What areas did you excel in? Was it an academic subject? If so, here are some of the jobs available that need strong specialism in the following core subjects.
English: Public Relations, Marketing, Editorial & Writing
Informations Technology: Cloud & Network Engineering, Security Analyst
Languages: Localization, Translation
Maths: Data Science and Analytics, Software Engineering, Game Development
If your strengths lay outside of academia, then don’t fret! Think about the activities you excel in. This could be leading a team, staying organized, or developing authentic connections with people.
The examples we gave there are all core skills in these three sectors respectively: Executive & Management, Project Management, and Human Resources & Recruiting.
The long and short of it is this: think about what activities, subjects, sports or anything else you can do really well. Then think about what makes you be able to do it well. Is it a skill you have, or a personality trait you’ve developed? Then take that to our website. Look over some jobs in your dream sectors and see if you have the qualifications or skills needed to apply for the role.
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