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This topic contains 10 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  Mick 12 years, 10 months ago.

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  • #3483

    paulj
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    Hi, i’m a student looking to get into industy. I’m about half way through my comp eng. degree. I have been working on a project in my own time, writing it in C++ and opengl. Its coming together nicely. Just wondering if games company’s tend to take on students for the summer for work experience? Is there much of this kind of work available in ireland? What kind of experience/skills/attributes would they look for in an employee?

  • #14839

    omen
    Participant

    You’re best shot for the summer would be to go for a tester position I would say.
    Not many would be willing to take students on in other roles for just a summer due the initial learning curve you have to go through.

    Oppertunities in Ireland for this kind of thing…you’re looking at Torc, Kapooki, Demonware, Havok, TKO….

    Skills….just be enthusiatic about games. Let them know you’re interested in working in whatever your choosen area is in the future and who knows what might happen.

  • #14846

    Mick
    Participant

    Kind of along the same lines, I’m at Queens in Belfast and going on year of professional experience next year. We have a module for getting ready for our year out and game development was one of the areas of choice for future career plans. Our careers adviser said people went to games companies last year, but they weren’t in Ireland. Do you think any Irish company would be perpared to take students on their year out?

  • #14847

    Darkblood
    Participant

    Star Cave Studios are willing to look at students regarding our world-wide tours / budget game titles. Protenial to move up the ranks to our full budget titles for PC / Consoles.

    Keep Note! :)

    Keith
    Star Cave Studios

  • #14848

    Ronny
    Participant

    Mick,

    You could always try. I know that Torc Interactive are very involved in developing talent in the country. It couldn’t hurt to contact them and the other companies in Ireland. At the very least you’ll get your name out there.

    You’re from Belfast, right? Check your private messages. :)

  • #14849

    Idora
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    I’ve no problem taking on work placement students – the difficulty is that we’re a tad short on desk space at the moment, and given that we’re in the process of hiring another three programmers… well, you get the picture

    We may be in a position after Christmas to take on 2 – 3 work placements in either sys admin-type roles or as testers… but would need a 6 – 12 month commitment

    if you’re interested, drop me a PM here with your email, qualifications and/or course details and state your preference re: role

    apart from acknowledging receipt of your mail, you probably won;t hear anything for a while though (these game development conferences don’t organise themselves, youknow?!) so be prepared to be patient

  • #14854

    Mick
    Participant
  • #14856

    Idora
    Participant

    unfortunately, lecturers often underestimate the cost to employers of this kind of thing. Regardless of how little an employer is paying you for your work placement (assuming they’re paying AT ALL for it!) they also have to pay PRSI, lighting, heating, work station, management and training time, etc.

    An ex-employer of mine estimated that it cost $110 per person per day to have a warm body on the premises… and that was before you took into account salary…

  • #14858

    Ronny
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  • #14872

    Mick
    Participant

    unfortunately, lecturers often underestimate the cost to employers of this kind of thing. Regardless of how little an employer is paying you for your work placement (assuming they’re paying AT ALL for it!) they also have to pay PRSI, lighting, heating, work station, management and training time, etc.

    An ex-employer of mine estimated that it cost 0 per person per day to have a warm body on the premises… and that was before you took into account salary… [/quote:7716d7e746]

    We did cover the cost to the employer, and thats one of the reasons I need to talk to the advisor, as only certain companies are prepared to take students on, as we need training and all and we only stay for a year, sorry if it read like I underestimated that. I’ll get to talk to her in a couple of weeks then hopefully be able to give it a shot.

  • #15133

    Mick
    Participant

    Idora sorry I’ve not got back to you yet, trying to get an interview as we speak (or I write). I had to do my CV before I could have an interview with our careers advisor. Got it done and handed in, so hopefully after a talk with her I’ll know whether it will be feasible to apply to the games companies. I think the people that applied to X-Box last year weren’t accepted, so I’m not sure if anyone has made it into the games industry on a work experience yet. :(
    I think the main thing is our students go to specific areas, and I’m not sure whether they’d want to send one off to somewhere different.

    We’ll see.

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