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dalish-spectre asked:

Do you think that if one went to school for video game design/animation, that they would have a hard time finding viable employment in the industry after finishing their program? (Within Canada) Or if they were determined enough, they could find work

dgaider:

It’s possible they could if, as you say, they’re determined enough… but that’s not untrue for any post-secondary education. There is no degree of which I’m aware which is “insert degree, get job.” If you look on your education as a way to provide the skills you need to make yourself a more plausible candidate for development companies, you’ll be in a much better place than if you go in expecting to come out the other end having “earned” a development job.

I will say this: while employment opportunities within the game industry aren’t terrible in Canada, you’ll have a much easier time if you cast your net a little wider. I know there are some dev jobs which allow one to telecommute, but mostly that’s a myth, and your willingness/ability to pick up and go where the job is—and also apply at more companies than just the triple-A devs that fill your eyes with sparkles—will also very much add to your chances of success.

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