Core computer science Whats your degree missing?
Problem solving Projects are not intensive enough For intensive practice: –IOI: –Project Euler: –Google for Online Judge –TopCoder:
Programming is hard Takes 10 years: –http://norvig.com/21-days.htmlhttp://norvig.com/21-days.html Go beyond the uni syllabus –http://www.realtimeworlds.com/index.php?id =393&pid=5http://www.realtimeworlds.com/index.php?id =393&pid=5 Write code, think and talk about code Learn multiple programming languages Use open source
People skills Make the most of group projects –Discuss technical stuff, not just design –Explaining technical ideas to artists –Or, explaining aesthetic ideas to coders Dare to be Digital Make most of work experience
What we look for: –Fundamentals –People skills –Passion
How CVs look to me
Who would you interview? Dave Jones Peter Molyneux Tim Sweeney Sid Meier Michael Abrash Warren Spector Richard Garriot John Carmack David Braben Alexey Pajitnov
Ive completed CGT and have a degree
CV Rule #1: Use clear visuals
CV Rule #2: Explain why youre good
Not this … Intelligent, quick to learn, meticulous and reliable. Has experience working with complex and challenging problems. Able to work on own initiative or as part of a team. Strong leadership qualities.
Or this … Advanced Computing Skills –With the help of my university course, I have developed my computing skills to an advanced level. –I have a good grasp of Microsoft Office (from 97 through to the latest 2007 edition), have experience working on multiple platforms, such as Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, and various versions of Linux Operating Systems. –I have experience in troubleshooting many different aspects of P.C. Technical faults from application errors to web and network related faults. –I also have a good typing speed of wpm.
CV Rule #3: Dont f*** up
Spelling mistakes A physics student keen to secure a position in the softwar development industry. Intelligent, quick to learn, meticulous and reliable. Has experience working with complex and challenging problems. Able to work on own initiative or as part of a team. Strong leadership qualites.
Wrong job … I am a recent graduate of Applied Computing at Dundee University looking for an entry level position in web programming or IT support.
Dont beg I am artistic – can draw humans, cartoons (from a programmer!) will work for free
The finer points …
Passion for games I love games. Since first playing Horace Goes Skiing at the age of 5, games have been a large part of my life and when I played Banjo-Kazooie, I decided that making games is what I want to do
I know CGT BSc(HONS) Computer Games Technology –Modules Studied Include C++; Networking; Windows Programming; DirectX; OpenGL; Mathematics; Dynamics.
Demos Make sure its interesting/different Im unlikely to run it –I may look at source code –Good screenshots can get my attention Other companies might
CV checklist: –Visually clear –Demonstrate why I should hire you –Avoid stupid mistakes
Wrapping up We are desperate for good people Learn the fundamentals thoroughly Be passionate about what you do Just having the degree isnt enough Get your CV right Look at your application from our point of view