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Finding A New Career

How did you get your first job? Did it help you to transition into your professional job? When I was in college, I began to work as a freelancer. It wasn’t my first job choice, however, it was necessary in order to make ends meet for my books and supplies. I started out by volunteering to help a few nonprofit organisations that I knew about. This quickly moved on to a low paying position. Soon, I found more work by looking at sites like Craigslist. By the time that I was ready to graduate, I had a great network and a lot of great skills in my portfolio. It was at this time that I began to apply for jobs at smaller companies. I thought that they would be more likely to take me on as a newbie than a more seasoned company. I was confident as a person and in my skills. I think that my confidence showed and people saw that shine through at my interviews. I was personable and people liked that skill. It’s important to remember that confidence is a great attribute in an interview. 

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How I Determine Pay Rates

Prior to my first full-time job, I used a site called Glassdoor a lot. In 2011 this was one of the few websites that would give you an idea of what specific jobs were paid. It was important to know the salary ranges. Today, there are a lot of other websites that will help with this such as PayScale and LinkedIn. Always shop around and compare rates across the board before you determine your pay. Don’t be afraid to ask for a higher-end pay scale and be willing to negotiate down a bit. 

I also found that there were a lot of people in the fields that I was interested in. I networked with a lot of them to find out what they were making. A lot of people are more than willing to inform you of what typical starting pay is as long as they don’t feel that you’re planning to take their job. Do your diligent research and don’t be afraid to ask employers for what you’re worth, even if you’re scared or feel that you deserve less. 

Do A Lot Of Jobs In Digital Media And Games Offer Medical Insurance?

I’m uncertain of the correct answer for game jobs, however, when my friends had such benefits and worked at such entities they were receiving such benefits. In regards to digital products, or digital media, yes, you should be receiving medical benefits if you’re working full-time. 

How Do You Deal With Instability In Game Industries?

If you’re working full-time you can run a Patreon, do contracts, and you may also wish to have a freelance gig on the side. This is the best stability that I’ve found. Typically, I suggest if you don’t have a back-up plan, avoid putting all of your eggs in one basket. Avoid working for entities that are known for mistreating employees.

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