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The I can't find a job internship blues
by Jonathan Jennings on 12/08/10 11:38:00 am

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Hello all, my name is Jon and I am a 20 year old devry student about 5 months form graduation, this post is just a refelction on my job-search.


I have been looking for internships since early september since that time I have sent out over 60 resumes to various studious in the souther california region ( where I live) while I didn't expect an immediate response I have to admit I was hoping I would recieve a reply rather soon.


I just recieved an e-mail stating  I was turned down for sony's technical design internship opportunity and I have to admit I am kind of bummed, I wish that they would  supply  a reply on what they felt I lacked just so I could  know which  few key areas to improve but I know I know the HR department doesn't have time for that. I just have to admit it's tough. In less than 5 months I will have my bachelors degree and I  have to admit I would just feel more comfortable if when I graduated I  actually had a job already.


I am realizing more and more as time passes just how competitive the industry is, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I love a challenge ( if I didn't  I wouldn't be a gamer) it  just seems like I am having problems figuring out new ways to challenge myself to stay sharp. I still practice my programming and I am workign on a game project at the same time but I can't help but feel like it's still not enough.


Hmph , I guess it's okay though I just sent out a fresh round of resumes ( soon to be  harassing an HR DEPARTMENT NEAR YOU !) and the best thing about having free-time is it gives me time to improve my abilities.   I also joined the IGDA so maybe I will be able to meet some of m fellow gamasutra posters at one of the Los angles chapter meetings. So I guess I will just keep working hard, finish up my few remaining classes and hopefully in a few weeks, monthys.........years. I can make a post about how ecstatic I am about beginning my internship at studio X in location Y where I will be professional coffee-supplier lol. Anyway thanks for reading and feel free to let me know how  your search is going or ask me any questions. Us grunts have to stick together after all ; ) .

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Christer Kaitila
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Don't give up! You CAN do it! A recent trend on twitter is to search for the hashtag #gamejobs as it is currently seeing a flurry of activity. You never know, might be worth a try. Good luck!

If you are looking to build up your portfolio (essential) I suggest you join some game jams so that you have some games under your belt. This will give you a competitive advantage. Check out:

Christian Allen
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You just have to stick with it. Getting a game job fresh out of college is tough. Having worked many a GDC hiring booth, I've seen hundereds of identical resumes. Find something that makes you stand out. For me, it was mods. You need a hook.

Stick with it though, from the day I decided to get into the industry to the day I was hired, it took me about 2 years.

Ron Alpert
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There are TONS of little indie operations as well, all over the place, and plenty of them could use a helping hand. Throw those guys a bone and you might wind up with some decent connections/resume material. It beats just picking your nose otherwise, of course, and you can still be on the lookout for something higher profile while you do that.

Jonathan Jennings
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Well thank you all for the encouraging words. I definitely won't be giving up and I think I will start looking to see if any indie studios within my area would like to use my help. In the mean time I will keep improving my skill set through pet projects and maybe I can even get some of my fellow students at school to help me do a project.