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Getting started

Computer games technology

There are a wide range of positions in the computer games sector. has a useful list of job profiles each containing relevant information about key responsibilities, skill requirements, starting salaries, entry requirements and career prospects with links to major employers and current graduate vacancies.


Potential job roles

Job roles in this sector include:


Creating a portfolio

You must create a portfolio when applying for artistic roles. You can also produce a working demo when applying for programming roles. By building a comprehensive portfolio showcasing your products/ideas you provide employers with an insight into your talent and creativity as an individual.

Grads in Games

Grads in Games offers portfolio and demo tips, highlighting key rules to follow when creating a great portfolio of your work, whatever path you’re taking.

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You can also develop a professional social media presence to share work-related posts such as sharing design concepts, animations, or even video clips of games to generate interest. This can be a great way to showcase your work both to employers and to a general audience, maximising your reach. 

You could also consider self-publishing any games that you have made. This is a great way to generate revenue and have concrete examples of your work to refer to if applying for a job. Steam and are popular game platforms which allow for the self-publication of games, or you can upload to an app store. There may be paperwork and permissions you will sign as part of this, so make an informed decision about whether you would like to proceed with self-publishing.


Keep up-to-date

As part of your job-hunting strategy, you will need to keep up to date with developments in the industry. Below are some key resources to help you research opportunities available. The knowledge gained through your research will help you to target your applications and prepare for interviews.

  • ScreenSkills is the industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses working in the creative industries. The site offers further information about the games industry, how to get into the games industry, useful links, and specific job role profiles.
  • Creative UK champions talented individuals and their ideas working within creative sectors, including the games industry. The site showcases and promotes different projects and offers news and stories relevant to those interested in or working in the industry.
  • BAFTA Guru aims to inspire those working in the film, TV and games industries. The site offers advice from industry professionals and you can search by skills or browse features to find opportunities relevant to you.
  • Grads In Games is a national initiative to improve the links between the UK games industry and academia, providing resources and guidance designed to increase the employability of students and graduates.

Developing a strong interest in games, and a knowledge of recent developments in the industry will be vital. Join online forums and access relevant game development magazines such as Game Developer and 3D World. You can also show your commitment to the industry by attending games festivals and events to speak to companies.


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