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Getting into the gaming industry – secrets revealed

With the connection between City University and the UK gaming industry continuing to grow I couldn’t miss out on the chance to attend a recent whole day session unveiling the secrets of how to get into the gaming industry. A heck of a lot of ground was covered by the representatives from Creative Skillset, Gamesys and Frontier (amongst others) but here are the top 5 things that stood out to me.

1. The role of the portfolio – a killer online portfolio can go a long way to getting you an interview. Make sure it’s kept up to date, is error free and looks professional. Feature specific games projects, ideally smaller less complex projects that you actually completed rather than unfinished more complex ones. Show the beginning, middle and end stages you went through to complete the project. This should include your thought processes and rationale behind the decisions you made along the way. Feature the range of capabilities you have by including a variety of projects.

2. The ‘exotic’ locations – tie yourself to the bright lights of London and you could be missing out on Continue Reading

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(BSc) Mathematics = Fashion / another hidden job market

I’ve just returned with my employer liaison colleague from a meeting with a medium sized employer based very close to City University London on Goswell Road. We met them a little while back at a careers fair and had agreed to meet up to find out their hiring plans for the next year.

The company is called Far Fetch (www.farfetch.com), they are an online site that brings together products from fashion boutiques around the world which is reflected in their offices (London, Guimaraes, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo), and they’re currently looking for a mathematician. That’s right, a mathematician.

The role is as a Junior Pay Per Click (PPC) Executive. Now they’re looking for a mathematician but I’m wondering if a mathematician is looking for them? A global online fashion company. You wouldn’t think the two were connected and that’s a pity because Continue Reading