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Old 11-14-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I'm really glad this forum is here. I've been 6 months in my career in the industry and I'm not sure what to do next.

I work for a startup mobile developer. When my company took me in, I had no experience as a game dev but passed their battery of tests and interviews. Half a year later, most of the office is talking about jumping ship. The long work hours (I expect this anywhere), inadequate compensation and toxic work environment is getting to everyone. There are some days that I get home and start questioning my own self-worth. The company pushes us hard and is quite unforgiving even of the smallest mistakes. I know I sound like I'm whining, but most of the time, I've actually been on the receiving end of these rants at the office.

I've been setting my sights abroad (Canada, Australia, NZ) for the following reasons:

1. Most of the game devs in my country are startups and I want be in a company that actually knows what it's doing and has a definite direction.
2. In relation to number 1, I want to work for a bigger developer that can provide a level of training and specialization that I need to have a career in the industry.
3. I want to work on a AAA game or at least any game that's cool enough for me to care about.

I've scoped out some job boards and feel like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. Though I've been thinking about applying as a tester, I've already been a sound designer, lead designer, writer and assistant producer on 5 or 6 apps the company has done (Yes, it's been a very compressed 6 months). I can't claim to be a true expert in any of these fields, but I feel like I have a bit more familiarity with what goes on in a cycle than an average QA does (not to put them down or anything cause I've been that too). Oh, and one of the apps I was lead designer for won an award from Samsung this year.

What I want to know is, is my plan of working overseas feasible and if yes, what positions am I qualified for with my variegated experiences in the 6 months I've been working? I'm gunning for assistant producer or junior designer but I don't know if I'm qualified for those jobs. I have minimal knowledge in programming and 2d/3d modelling. Thanks for listening!
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