Internship is an experience that many students look forward to. And if you are the first among your friends and family to pursue gaming as a career, you may wonder how to land a good internship which is the stepping stone for a great career.
We are bringing you the 5 things that you must do, to get ready for an internship.
Attending events gives you access to people, trends, tools, and much more. Every event is a land of opportunities. The Game Developer Conference (GDC) held by NASSCOM every year is a great event to attend. It is scheduled to take place in Hyderabad in 2016.
Be a Part of the Gaming Community
Be a part of the gaming communities on social media and the web. Communities reverberate with trends and issues of the day and keep you abreast of developments in the field. Join communities that share knowledge, discuss issues, and deliberate on trends. Communities are organized by platform, by games, and so on. For example, Gamasutra blogs have a wealth of information on all aspects of making games. Likewise, explore the International Game Developers Association forums.
Start Working on Small Game Projects Early On
Get your hands dirty in making a game. The sooner, the better. Failed attempts at making a game teach you as much as the successful ones, if not more. Working on game projects teaches you how to anticipate issues, work within budgets, improvise resources, lock heads and find solutions, and last but not the least, steer the world of game publishing.
Gaming is a demanding profession with a level playing field. The benchmarks on all fronts of gaming are set high and gamers are always pushing them higher. So to make a mark in the world of gaming, persistence is the best virtue you can possess. From small decisions to bringing projects to closure through publishing, it demands persistence.
Build an Online Portfolio
If you are a designer, make a game design portfolio and if you are a game art student, make a game art portfolio and showcase them. Your school often showcases student portfolios on the school’s website.
Create a LinkedIn Profile and Participate in LinkedIn Forums
LinkedIn is beneficial in two ways: It is the first stop for searching for talent worldwide. And LinkedIn helps connect to people working in your field of choice.
Upload a photo, fill in all the details on the profile page, and be visible to all. Also, fill in all the keywords and list your qualifications, awards won and so on. LinkedIn talks about you 24/7.
After you create the LinkedIn profile, start connecting with people. Work diligently on increasing your network. Also, join the groups that are relevant to your field of work and start answering questions posted by fellow members. This activity will build a public track record of your expertise and is very handy assessment tool for anyone who wants to work with you.
Above all, keep working and give your best to all assignments that you accept. After all, word of mouth plays a significant role in establishing your credibility.
Go, win people before you win internships or projects. And good luck.