Train2Game students looking for advice about getting into the industry could do worse than listening to Ubisoft’s Jade Raymond. She was responsible for the development of Assassin’s Creed as a new IP and is now charge of the Splinter Cell brand in her role as managing director of Ubisoft Toronto.
In an interview with gamesindustry.biz, Raymond offered useful advice to those looking to get into game development.
First of all, she says it’s important to know what your strengths are when it comes to game development.
“Be honest with yourself about what actually love doing. If you love art and you’re an artist and you’re doodling all the time don’t go into physics. Don’t try and be a bad programmer.” said Raymond.
“But we do have tonnes of jobs for great artists, or music, there’s so many different aspects, so many different specialties that are involved in making a game now almost anything you’re interested in you could focus on that and get a job in games.”
“So I think number one is be honest with yourself about what you actually like and what you’re actually good at and try and become that.” she added.
Of course, Train2Game offers four courses, all specialising in different areas of game development.
The Ubisoft Toronto Managing Director also suggested work placements, something that Train2Game also offers students, are a great way to get your foot in the door.
“And then the second part is to get internships and to really try and get real experience. Even if you’re working for free.” said Raymond.
“Game companies, it’s a big risk hiring someone who’s never worked anywhere before, so if you can work for them for free while you’re still a student and you don’t need or you’re used to not having much money then do that. When I was young I hounded people, and obviously there’s a line between stalking… [laughs]”
She added that building up contacts and being persistent is key.
“But you know, build up your contacts, stay in touch, try and find out where you can work for free, where are they willing to take me for a couple of months, get some real experience and then you can put that on your CV, and often that company if you do a good job they’re going to hire you in a real role after.” Raymond said.
“And do that while you’re doing your studies so you’re not just doing the school side of it, you’ve got some real world experience.” she concluded.
Speaking of work placements, you can find out what various Train2Game students have achieved on them right here on The Train2Game Blog.
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