Preparation By Degree
I’ve now been at Team Cooper for a little over six months so wanted to take a moment to look back at my degree, a BSc Games Software Development from Sheffield Hallam University and how it prepared me for the exciting world of digital amusements.
Here at Team Cooper my job role covers a variety of activities across Flash, web technology and the games spectrum. So, while not an exact parallel to what I covered at university, I was reasonably prepared for what I was getting into when I stepped through the door.
Even though ActionScript 3 hadn’t been my main programming language while studying, that didn’t mean that I couldn’t apply the logical approaches to programming, development and investigating new technology that I had picked up over the past three years while dusting off the part of my brain that loved Flash. There are generic programming techniques and approaches that I picked up during my studies which were invaluable in getting to grips with any any technologies that were new to me. Technical know-how aside, the tutors also did a good job of drumming the importance of working as a member of a team and setting up assignments to emphasise cross-discipline team development, but it still took some quick adjusting to get on the same page as my co-workers. This is something I think any new starter will experience as there are a lot of aspects to working in a professional team that you can only learn while being a part of one. At Hallam, I was also provided opportunities to listen to talks set up by the university from veterans of the industry, providing useful insight and information on their experiences (and it was at one of these talks that I first encountered Team Cooper).
I think that if I was to go back and do it all again, knowing what I know now, there are a variety of things I could have done differently. As with all students, I could say I would have spent less time ‘socialising’ and more time working. I could have spent extra time working on, researching and including more unique ideas outside of what I was taught in my portfolio of work – I’d managed a fair few pieces but much of it still consisted of generic student assignments.
I know I was very lucky to be able to go straight from university into my ideal job. It has been strange going straight from full time education into full time employment, but it’s also a very exciting time to be working here at Team Cooper.