We had an XBox 360 set up for students to play Halo 3, I talked about careers for 25 minutes, a program manager from Ascentium spoke and there was a raffle. Students seemed to receive the presentation well. The presentation was given in the Campus Commons at PCC Sylvania campus. The Campus Commons is a large indoor mall like area with a book store, administrative offices and the cafeteria. At the beginning of the talk I was handed a microphone. As I was speaking into the microphone, I noticed my voice had become the ‘overhead, booming voice from everywhere.’ I could hear my voice coming back to me from about half a football field away. That part was a little surreal, and took a little getting used to.
I met some motivated students that asked some great questions about securing a career in the technical field. The event was focused on the recent release of the game Halo 3, and the careers available in the game industry. During my presentation, I focused on the following technical oriented career areas. Click a career category to find additional information about those careers.
- Program Manager
- Software Design Engineer
- Software Design Engineer in Test
- Hardware Design Engineer
- Test Apprentice Program
- Technical Writer
- Programmer Writer
- Usability Engineer
- User Experience Researcher
- User Experience Designer
Besides speaking about the different careers available, I gave the students resources for additional information and tools to help them in the future.
Microsoft Career Information
Microsoft’s college career site contains information for the college student. This site is a wealth of information and resources about career requirements and understanding the corporate culture at Microsoft. If you are attending college and interested in a career at Microsoft, it is worthwhile to review the College Careers site.
Another excellent resource is Channel 8, a community and video site dedicated to students.
It is important to not only understand career specifics, but know the tools that are available to help you reach your goals. The following resources are developer specific.
Visual Studio Developer Center
Free Hobbyist Visual Studio Edition
XNA Game Studio Express – Developer Center
The students that I talked to seemed interested, or at least faked it well. Some students even hung around and asked questions after the raffle was finished, so I guess I started some conversations, which was the goal.