The Games Industry Networking Conference is designed to develop professional networks for students and also includes lectures by people from Microsoft, Frontier, Rare and Sumo Digital. Also promoted at the conference was the Search for a Star & Rising Star competition, which allows students to showcase their talent to the industry and to develop networks and pathways between employers and graduates.
The students were also given the opportunity to take part in a roundtable discussion with industry and academic experts where they discussed the skills they need as graduates. The students then got to meet a number of mentors in the computing industry who gave them advice on being successful in the gaming industry, as well as how to get placements.
Attendees were introduced to Ian Goodall, Founder of Aardvark Swift Recruitment, a top recruiter in the gaming industry. Goodall encouraged students to develop their portfolios to improve their employability. He also recommended that the students try to create their own games and attend gaming competitions.
One of the students at the conference was Mathew Robinson, who said: "our visit to Microsoft has really helped me to get my foot in the door with becoming a game developer one day in the future; the conference was very insightful, fun and intellectually stimulating.”
The students were accompanied by the Computer Games Development BSc Honours Course Leader Dr. Li Jin, and Hanna Gnanaseharam, who is the Work Placement Officer at the Faculty of Science and Technology. Talking about the employability prospects from the event, Hanna Gnanaseharam said: “The students were reminded by Rebecca Askham, Recruiter at Sumo Digital, to ensure their CVs are well structured, readable and of the highest quality.”
Find out more about Computer Games Development BSc Honours at the University of Westminster.