Once every term, all of the class representatives from the various departments of the Vancouver Film School meet at the VFS Café to listen to a keynote speaker and to meet other fellow class reps. For November’s VFS Class Representative Dinner, the featured speakers were Andy Fedorchuk (GD 30) – Associate Designer at Relic Entertainment, and James Daniell (GD 25) – Game Designer at IUGO, who spoke on their experiences about finding jobs after school and networking.
Both James and Andy had previous work experience before attending the VFS Game Design program. James had previous game making experience with friends in college, while Andy held several random careers. One common thing was that they both loved playing games, and they wanted to pursue careers that would allow them to makes games for real.
Needless to say, their aspirations have become a reality. As a Brian Wood Memorial Scholarship Recipient, Andy is an Associate Designer at Relic Entertainment. He admits that if it hadn’t been for the internship, he knows he would probably still be looking for a job. James was able to relate since he was selective with the jobs to which he applied, and did not want to get just ‘any job’. When he interviewed with IUGO, he was genuinely enthused about working there as a Game Designer.
While the VFS Game Design program gave Andy and James the tools that they needed to get the jobs that they both wanted, they still needed to get their dream jobs for themselves – through networking!
For our busy readers, here are three important tips on networking our Alumni shared:
- Talk to your Idols: Being a student has its perks! Approach an industry professional, inform them that you’re a student and then ask them if they have any advice for aspiring game designers!
- Be Proactive: Ask for help when you need it – send emails or go to Meetups!
- Be Casual: Don’t be blunt by asking a professional to give you a job. Networking doesn’t have to be stressful! Be casual and friendly, and soon enough, your downtime can turn into your networking time!
After the presentation, all of the class representatives were able to socialize and relax. While many of us returned back to our respective campuses after the dinner, it was a great opportunity to learn from the successful alumni of the VFS Game Design campus!
Maria Lee and Melissa Borda are VFS Game Design Students