Over half of game dev students pessimistic about employment

One-third of pupils claim their school doesn't offer an internship programme
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Over half of students taking part in game development-related courses are are pessimistic about finding a job in the industry, according to a recent IGDA report.

600 full and part-time students took part in the recent developer satisfaction survey – most of who are based in North America. 35 per cent said they are not too confident of finding a job in games, while 18 per cent said they were not confident at all.

One-third said their school did not have a co-op or internship programme. 28 per cent said they did not even know whether their school had such initiatives or not.

It wasn’t all bad news, 32 per cent of respondents said they were somewhat confident of finding employment, while 15 per cent said they were very confident.

The survey echoes Develop’s recent investigation into the lack of work experience and internship opportunities available to games students across the UK. According to Creative Skillset, just 21 per cent of people in the UK game industry have undertaken work experience prior to entering the sector.

Earlier this month during Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki, RedLynx project coordinator Julius Fondem offered a number of tips for aspiring developers on how a student can make the most of their time in education, based on his own experience, and is well worth a read for those currently enrolled on a course.

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