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CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Learning How To Finish Something Is A Very Valuable Skill

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Joran works in the gaming industry, but his company isn't based in Silicon Valley, it's in the Netherlands. Joran shares what a typical day looks like for him in his role is as a Creative and Technical Director. And he talks about how he went from being a college student to getting into the gaming industry. Joran also provides some valuable information about the importance of finishing any project you start.

Job Title: Creative & Technical Director
Employer: Weirdbeard

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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m='12235'>look</span> <span m='12510'>at</span> <span m='12650'>what</span> <span m='12760'>we're</span> <span m='12870'>doing,</span> <span m='13180'>look at the</span> <span m='13280'>projects,</span> <span m='14370'>see</span> <span m='14570'>what</span> <span m='14680'>everybody's</span> <span m='15090'>doing,</span> <span m='16470'>and</span> <span m='17310'>see</span> <span m='17480'>what</span> <span m='17650'>problems</span> <span m='18040'>we</span> <span m='18130'>have.</span> </p><p><span m='18895'>So</span> <span m='19350'>there could</span> <span m='19410'>be game</span> <span m='19740'>design</span> <span m='20070'>problems.</span> <span m='20565'>There</span> <span m='21060'>could be</span> <span m='21557'>technical problems.</span> <span m='22551'>We also</span> <span m='23048'>do a lot of</span> <span m='23545'>acquisition.</span> <span m='24539'>So</span> <span m='25036'>it's</span> <span m='26030'>mostly</span> <span m='26527'>managing</span> <span m='27024'>people,</span> <span m='28020'>but also</span> <span m='28480'>getting</span> <span m='28650'>my</span> <span m='28750'>hands</span> <span m='29010'>dirty</span> <span m='29220'>sometimes</span> <span m='29790'>and</span> <span m='30100'>do</span> <span m='30220'>some</span> <span m='30390'>old-fashioned</span> <span m='30610'>coding.</span> </p><p><span m='31240'>I</span> <span m='31672'>went straight</span> <span m='32104'>into</span> <span m='32536'>business after</span> <span m='32968'>university.</span> <span m='34270'>So</span> <span m='34490'>I</span> <span m='34590'>studied</span> <span m='34930'>artificial</span> <span m='35410'>intelligence.</span> <span m='36130'>And</span> <span m='36536'>then</span> <span m='36942'>with a couple</span> <span m='37350'>of my</span> <span m='37635'>classmates,</span> <span m='38130'>we</span> <span m='38410'>started</span> <span m='38860'>a</span> <span m='38880'>company.</span> <span m='40020'>And</span> <span m='40630'>we</span> <span m='40710'>started</span> <span m='41120'>doing</span> <span m='41260'>games</span> <span m='41500'>for</span> <span m='41820'>other</span> <span m='42020'>people,</span> <span m='43320'>work</span> <span m='43720'>for hire,</span> <span m='44200'>and</span> <span m='44607'>from there</span> <span m='45014'>we</span> <span m='45421'>graduated</span> <span m='45830'>to making</span> <span m='46140'>our own</span> <span m='46400'>games.</span> </p><p><span m='47440'>Well,</span> <span m='47610'>how</span> <span m='47920'>hard</span> <span m='48410'>it can</span> <span m='48580'>be</span> <span m='49020'>to finish</span> <span m='49210'>something.</span> <span m='50116'>At</span> <span m='50552'>university,</span> <span m='50990'>you'll learn</span> <span m='51310'>a</span> <span m='51630'>lot</span> <span m='51830'>of</span> <span m='51890'>skills,</span> <span m='52310'>[INAUDIBLE],</span> <span m='52730'>but</span> <span m='53160'>you</span> <span m='53590'>never</span> <span m='54020'>learn</span> <span m='54280'>how</span> <span m='54470'>to</span> <span m='54580'>finish</span> <span m='55050'>a</span> <span m='55140'>project.</span> <span m='55435'>We</span> <span m='56214'>learned</span> <span m='56698'>that</span> <span m='57182'>the</span> <span m='57666'>typical</span> <span m='58150'>80/20</span> <span m='58634'>rule</span> <span m='59118'>applies--</span> <span m='60086'>80%</span> <span m='60570'>of the</span> <span m='61054'>time</span> <span m='61538'>you spend</span> <span m='62022'>is in</span> <span m='62510'>the</span> <span m='62620'>last</span> <span m='63000'>20%</span> <span m='63200'>of</span> <span m='63400'>the</span> <span m='63920'>project.</span> </p><p><span m='64256'>So</span> <span m='64592'>at</span> <span m='64930'>first</span> <span m='65235'>it</span> <span m='65540'>goes</span> <span m='65740'>very</span> <span m='65960'>quickly</span> <span m='66260'>and</span> <span m='66470'>you</span> <span m='66690'>think</span> <span m='66890'>we're</span> <span m='67010'>almost</span> <span m='67290'>done.</span> <span m='67840'>And</span> <span m='68339'>then</span> <span m='68838'>all the</span> <span m='69337'>finishing</span> <span m='69836'>touches</span> <span m='70335'>are</span> <span m='70834'>everything</span> <span m='71333'>to finish</span> <span m='71832'>the product,</span> <span m='72331'>to</span> <span m='72830'>deliver</span> <span m='73329'>the product.</span> <span m='73828'>It takes</span> <span m='74327'>a lot of</span> <span m='74826'>time and effort.</span> <span m='75824'>And</span> <span m='76323'>when</span> <span m='76822'>you first start out</span> <span m='77321'>you</span> <span m='77820'>don't really</span> <span m='78818'>plan</span> <span m='79317'>at</span> <span m='79816'>the time,</span> <span m='80315'>and you</span> <span m='80814'>learn</span> <span m='81313'>to finish</span> <span m='81812'>something.</span> <span m='82311'>But it's</span> <span m='82810'>a very</span> <span m='83309'>valuable</span> <span m='83808'>skill.</span> </p><p><span m='84307'>Well,</span> <span m='85830'>do.</span> <span m='86240'>So if you</span> <span m='86480'>want</span> <span m='86720'>to</span> <span m='86760'>make</span> <span m='87000'>games,</span> <span m='87390'>make</span> <span m='87680'>games,</span> <span m='88150'>but</span> <span m='88850'>start</span> <span m='89140'>out</span> <span m='89360'>small.</span> <span m='89650'>Start</span> <span m='90052'>with a</span> <span m='90454'>project</span> <span m='90856'>you can</span> <span m='91258'>finish.</span> <span m='91660'>It's</span> <span m='91985'>better to</span> <span m='92310'>finish</span> <span m='92570'>something</span> <span m='92900'>small</span> <span m='93770'>than</span> <span m='94140'>start</span> <span m='94410'>something</span> <span m='94630'>big</span> <span m='94870'>and</span> <span m='95110'>not</span> <span m='95250'>finish.</span> </p><p><span m='95800'>But</span> <span m='96240'>also,</span> <span m='96680'>do</span> <span m='97120'>eduction</span> <span m='97560'>in</span> <span m='98000'>the</span> <span m='98440'>field</span> <span m='98710'>or a</span> <span m='98980'>related</span> <span m='99380'>field.</span> <span m='99875'>If</span> <span m='100370'>you do</span> <span m='100865'>something</span> <span m='101360'>computer-related</span> <span m='102350'>or</span> <span m='102845'>design-related,</span> <span m='103340'>you get</span> <span m='103835'>a lot</span> <span m='104330'>of valuable</span> <span m='104825'>skills</span> <span m='105815'>you'll</span> <span m='106805'>use</span> <span m='107300'>later</span> <span m='107795'>on.</span> <span m='108290'>But you'll</span> <span m='108785'>also,</span> <span m='109280'>besides</span> <span m='110270'>your</span> <span m='110770'>study,</span> <span m='112080'>make</span> <span m='112330'>games.</span> 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