Interactive Media student Naoimh talks about her experience of taking part in a work placement in the games industry.
Why did you decide to do a placement?
I wanted to get real world experience of working life in the industry I wanted to enter before graduating. I wanted to have an opportunity to gauge my own enjoyment of the industry. And also improve my prospects for employment post-graduation.
How did you find the opportunity?
I found out about the opportunity through an email sent to everyone on my course by my tutors.
Tell us about your role?
As an EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) marketing intern, I assist two marketing directors who work across the territories. I send marketing materials to clients, including trailers, art work and merchandise. I am constantly in touch with broadcasters all over our territories to create new campaigns or promote returning TV shows.
What is your typical day?
My typical day begins at 9:30, where I will start up my work computer and load up development tools. Everyone on the team is involved in a morning meeting where we talk about what we did the previous day and what we hope to achieve that day. Then I begin working with the development tools to implement various designs I have been given. Throughout the day if I have any problems or issues I take some time to chat with my team members, asking for confirmation or advice on various aspects.
What are you getting out of your placement?
This placement has been a very valuable experience. I have learned so much about various tools and practices in a real industry environment and context. Having a chance to work with others, and gain experience on real projects has made me a better programmer, designer, team member and person.
How has it influenced your future career options?
This experience has made me more self-assured and motivated. I now have a clearer idea of where I want to go with my further career plans. Real world experience has helped boost my CV and given me the confidence to back it up in any future interview scenarios.