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LEAD QUALITY ASSURANCE, IN-DEPTH: Your Friends Can Introduce You To Opportunities

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Steven goes in-depth with his story working in quality assurance in a video game company. He shares what he likes most about his job and the challenges he faces. He also talks about the key decision he took that landed him where he is today. Steven tells us what sort of professionals are needed in the video game industry and he shares what his work-life balance is like working in this field.

Degree: Biology
Job Title: Lead Quality Assurance

Job Summary: Game Developer

Job Description

Game developer is an umbrella title for different roles in a development team that works together to create games. A game developer can be a game programmer, game architect, game designer, game artist, etc. They use computers to structure, design, test and publish games for different platforms.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$60,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, Artistic, Detail oriented, Patience, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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<span m='12010'>get</span> <span m='12190'>it</span> <span m='12300'>over</span> <span m='12490'>to</span> <span m='12600'>an</span> <span m='12700'>engineer</span> <span m='13160'>who's</span> <span m='13350'>able</span> <span m='13500'>to</span> <span m='13580'>fix</span> <span m='13900'>it</span> <span m='14150'>that</span> <span m='14300'>same</span> <span m='14740'>day.</span> <span m='15060'>And we</span> <span m='15200'>push</span> <span m='15480'>that</span> <span m='15680'>new</span> <span m='15820'>Android</span> <span m='16300'>update,</span> <span m='17100'>and</span> <span m='17350'>I</span> <span m='17490'>get</span> <span m='17640'>that</span> <span m='17770'>email</span> <span m='18160'>one</span> <span m='18350'>day</span> <span m='18520'>later.</span> <span m='18950'>I</span> <span m='19070'>did</span> <span m='19480'>the</span> <span m='19730'>update and</span> <span m='19850'>everything</span> <span m='20190'>works</span> <span m='20450'>great.</span> <span m='20750'>Thanks</span> <span m='20990'>very</span> <span m='21170'>much,</span> <span m='21370'>Apportable.</span> <span m='22230'>That's</span> <span m='22460'>what</span> <span m='22590'>makes</span> <span m='22820'>my</span> <span m='22950'>day</span> <span m='23180'>the most,</span> <span m='23605'>better</span> <span m='24030'>than anything.</span> </p><p><span m='24880'>Trying</span> <span m='25570'>to</span> <span m='26130'>reproduce</span> <span m='26730'>issues</span> <span m='27390'>on</span> <span m='28080'>devices</span> <span m='30190'>that</span> <span m='30390'>I</span> <span m='30460'>don't</span> <span m='30800'>own.</span> <span m='31590'>We</span> <span m='31720'>have</span> <span m='31880'>a</span> <span m='31910'>very</span> <span m='32159'>big</span> <span m='32430'>device</span> <span m='32870'>cabinet,</span> <span m='33130'>but</span> <span m='33970'>I</span> <span m='34140'>mean</span> <span m='34400'>Android</span> <span m='34830'>makes</span> <span m='35570'>more</span> <span m='36040'>products</span> <span m='36510'>than</span> <span m='36660'>you</span> <span m='36770'>can</span> <span m='36900'>imagine.</span> <span m='37400'>So</span> <span m='37900'>trying</span> <span m='38330'>to</span> <span m='38390'>get</span> <span m='38540'>comparable</span> <span m='38980'>devices</span> <span m='39540'>and</span> <span m='39670'>really</span> <span m='40290'>trying</span> <span m='40460'>to</span> <span m='40540'>bring</span> <span m='40720'>the</span> <span m='40800'>best</span> <span m='41050'>customer</span> <span m='41400'>support</span> <span m='41750'>is</span> <span m='41850'>always a</span> <span m='42190'>difficult</span> <span m='42485'>job.</span> <span m='43950'>Asking</span> <span m='44270'>my</span> <span m='44400'>friends</span> <span m='44680'>for</span> <span m='44780'>help</span> <span m='45090'>is</span> <span m='45200'>actually</span> <span m='45590'>the</span> <span m='45680'>biggest</span> <span m='46010'>thing.</span> <span m='46370'>When</span> <span m='46540'>I</span> <span m='46610'>was</span> <span m='46740'>looking</span> <span m='46950'>for</span> <span m='47130'>a</span> <span m='47180'>job,</span> <span m='47590'>I</span> <span m='47760'>was</span> <span m='47950'>looking</span> <span m='48050'>only</span> <span m='48330'>in</span> <span m='48480'>my</span> <span m='48650'>field</span> <span m='48920'>of</span> <span m='48960'>Biology,</span> <span m='49910'>and</span> <span m='50190'>I</span> <span m='50660'>asked</span> <span m='50940'>one</span> <span m='51180'>friend,</span> <span m='51490'>Sebastian</span> <span m='51830'>Park,</span> <span m='53170'>if</span> <span m='53600'>he</span> <span m='53780'>knew of</span> <span m='53880'>any</span> <span m='54110'>opportunities,</span> <span m='54760'>and</span> <span m='54820'>that's</span> <span m='55020'>how</span> <span m='55190'>I</span> <span m='55290'>landed</span> <span m='55650'>my job</span> <span m='56075'>now.</span> <span m='56500'>So</span> <span m='56780'>I would say</span> <span m='56930'>trust your</span> <span m='57330'>friends.</span> <span m='57710'>They</span> <span m='57910'>can</span> <span m='58080'>bring</span> <span m='58280'>you</span> <span m='58390'>opportunities</span> <span m='58695'>that</span> <span m='59000'>you didn't</span> <span m='59060'>even know</span> <span m='59390'>were</span> <span m='59510'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='60360'>I</span> <span m='60380'>think</span> <span m='60780'>that</span> <span m='61050'>it's</span> <span m='61250'>becoming</span> <span m='61660'>much</span> <span m='61900'>easier</span> <span m='62290'>now.</span> <span m='62800'>As</span> <span m='63160'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='63550'>compilers</span> <span m='64099'>become</span> <span m='65110'>more</span> <span m='65420'>prominent</span> <span m='66160'>there</span> <span m='66320'>are</span> <span m='66430'>going</span> <span m='66600'>to</span> <span 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m='81730'>Google,</span> <span m='82220'>the</span> <span m='82330'>same</span> <span m='82640'>as</span> <span m='82770'>mine,</span> <span m='83050'>Apportable.</span> <span m='83760'>And</span> <span m='84310'>they</span> <span m='84550'>feed us</span> <span m='84810'>twice</span> <span m='85170'>a</span> <span m='85240'>day,</span> <span m='85660'>and</span> <span m='86020'>we</span> <span m='86120'>have</span> <span m='86320'>a</span> <span m='86380'>great</span> <span m='86780'>work</span> <span m='87090'>life,</span> <span m='87660'>along</span> <span m='88070'>with</span> <span m='88580'>they</span> <span m='88780'>really</span> <span m='89020'>build</span> <span m='89200'>a</span> <span m='89310'>healthy</span> <span m='89610'>outside of</span> <span m='89910'>work life.</span> <span m='92010'>It's</span> <span m='92310'>awesome.</span> </p>","file":{"id":305256,"video_id":"2786519127001","name":"1394-Steven-p-LeadQualityAssurance2 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