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    Default Any 30+ students?

    Hi there everyone. I discovered the site and course last week after following a link on Eurogamer and I was just wondering if there are any students on the course that are in the 30+ age bracket.

    I'm 31 and I currently work as a Functionality QA Tester for a games developer/publisher however currently don't offer any training or development opportunities related to learning game programming. I was studying Games Software Development at university on a full time basis however I found it difficult to both study and work on a full time basis. Due to financial obligations the degree had to end. I'm now at a point where I am trying to work out what would be my best option to move forward in my career.

    I like what I have read regarding the Train2Game developer course but I need to be confident that this is the right choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scimac View Post
    I like what I have read regarding the Train2Game developer course but I need to be confident that this is the right choice.
    Have you asked your employer or the programmers at your studio what they think or know about the course?

    Have they given you any advice on how to get to the position that you want to be in given your circumstances?

    Edit: You said that you were on a Game Development degree, how much programming experience do you now have?
    Last edited by yaustar; 09-25-2009 at 12:40 PM.

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    I am 34. I work as a Software/Web Developer for a VOIP Communications company in Manchester. We also specialise in Intermodal Tracking devices.

    I am on the course in order to cement my knowledge of the gaming industry and not really looking into entering the job market (for various reasons) as I have other plans for my Indie Game Development "company" (loosely speaking).

    The best people to answer your question about moving forward in your career ... would be the people who are in the industry and don't really have much to do with Train2Game ... his nick is Yaustar and he will probably probe you with a few questions.

    Listen to him ... he has good advice and knows what he is talking about.

    Edit: Ninja'ed by the devil himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yaustar View Post
    Have you asked your employer or the programmers at your studio what they think or know about the course?

    Have they given you any advice on how to get to the position that you want to be in given your circumstances?

    Edit: You said that you were on a Game Development degree, how much programming experience do you now have?
    Cheers for the quick reply. I haven't asked them yet, but I plan on emailing the HR dept when I get to work tonight and ask their opinion on the course. They haven't really given me any advice on how to get the position I'm after, but this is because I haven't directly asked that question. I've just been holding out for the return of a programming course that they used to fund, but it has been looking more and more unlikely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scimac View Post
    Cheers for the quick reply. I haven't asked them yet, but I plan on emailing the HR dept when I get to work tonight and ask their opinion on the course. They haven't really given me any advice on how to get the position I'm after, but this is because I haven't directly asked that question. I've just been holding out for the return of a programming course that they used to fund, but it has been looking more and more unlikely.
    That would be a good start. Hopefully HR will point you towards a more senior programmer in the company (preferably the one that deals with interviews and hiring). If not, ask them too. You want to 'grow' and the company should be supporting you.

    You are currently in a good position (literally) as you have a pool of programmers to ask questions to.

    Do you have any contacts internally in the company that you can grab over a lunch to chat?

    The reason I ask about your current programming experience is because if it is at a high enough level, you can see if there are any scripter positions available that you can move into which is a good springboard for a programming position.

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    Hi Scimac 30+? I’m 51 with no games background at all,
    I’m looking at the course from an arts background of a bit of acting / film and animation. Very good article posted about Tiga and T2G “Tiga to become awarding body” thread posted by Novogeek (cheers Novo) Very much worth a read.
    It seems that there are plenty of opportunities to become involved make contacts and learn from other guys. Excellent course High value for money. Novice on book 2
    Cheers Paul

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    Thumbs up im 30

    hi scimac

    im 30 i started the T2G course approximatly 4 weeks ago im currrently just finished my teacher marked assignment lesson 2 i passed lesson 1 a few days a go.
    i knew a little about the games industry, But not as much as i thought G2T has taught me many things with in the first few lessons so deffinatly worth the money and time.

    obviously depending on what level you want to start at you may know alot more than i first did.

    cheers hope you get the answers your looking for

    paul

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    Raises hand. 31 here, 32 in December.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yaustar View Post
    You are currently in a good position (literally) as you have a pool of programmers to ask questions to.

    Do you have any contacts internally in the company that you can grab over a lunch to chat?

    The reason I ask about your current programming experience is because if it is at a high enough level, you can see if there are any scripter positions available that you can move into which is a good springboard for a programming position.
    My programming experience is very basic, i.e. "Hello World!" basic.

    When I got the job 2 years back I had hoped that it would have granted me access to meet and befriend programmers and other members of the dev team, however a lot of the work we do is for first party developers that are located in other areas of the country, world even. There is one dev team located at our site however we do not have access to their section of the building but I will ask the HR team if there is someone I could possibly talk to or email for advice.

    Thanks again everyone, it's nice to see that I'm not the only 30+ guy round here as I'm currently one of the oldest testers in our dept. I'll also be making the jump to 32 in December gnipper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scimac View Post
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    That's a shame, you are not part of embedded QA which does make this a little more difficult. See where you get with HR and work from there.

    To directly answer your original question about this course being the 'right choice', at the moment it's a bit of a gamble. You should come out of the other end knowing more then when you started but it is currently unknown how the diploma will be received by developers in the industry.

    The other (and more important) question is whether the cost of the course is proportional to the amount of knowledge and experience that you wouldn't have gotten if you self taught yourself and only you can answer this question.

    Some people can self learn at different rates/different levels and I have seen some truly impressive stuff by them while others do need a 'carrot' or a guide.

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