2015 Game & Interactive Media Alumnus
- Program: Game & Interactive Media
- Employer: StickOutSocial
- Position: Backend App Developer
- Website: stickoutsocial.com
What I like most about working at StickOutSocial is definitely the environment. The dynamic of the environment is set up in such a way that you never feel pigeon-held into doing one thing and only one thing. With it being a smaller company, you are not only allowed to grow and learn how to do multiple things, but you are encouraged to. It is fantastic to be surrounded by people who love what they do and who are glad to help you grow.
As far as advice I have to offer TFC candidates is…Twitter Twitter Twitter! (Translation: Network! Network! Network! Both traditionally and definitely via social media.)
I have a few pieces of advice for students currently in the job search. First off, love what you do. If you do not love what you do, it shows. Nothing is more discouraging to employers than seeing the forced smiles and overwhelming dread of someone who is applying to a job that they don’t really want. I understand that some situations require you to take a job that you don’t love but if that is not the case then there is absolutely no use in taking a job that you don’t want to do. Finding what you love to do regardless if you went to school for it will make your life significantly easier. You are more likely to be pushed to excel in something you love to do and you can always find ways to expand your skills. I personally went to Tribeca for Game Programming, something that I loved to do, and found in my second year that I really liked Web Development as well. Without having learned much in terms of backend development, I applied for an internship which I got and then rapidly built up my skills doing web development.
I think many people get stuck mentally thinking that they went to school to learn a very specific skill. Well, here is the way I see it: If you focus on learning a specific skill then you are wasting your time. It is far more important to learn how to learn and that may sound confusing at first, but look deeper into it. Being in an industry that involves technology that is constantly evolving, learning a specific skill for a technology that will be outdated in a year or two is not going to be beneficial; but learning to adapt to new technologies and new environments will be forever beneficial.
Lastly, I would say don’t get discouraged. Finding a job is not always easy, often it isn’t easy at all for most people but that doesn’t mean give up, it means you try harder. Some jobs are just not meant for you. Some positions do not match your skill set. And even some companies don’t match your personality. It is important to find a company that meshes well with your personal beliefs and will help guide your personal growth. Finding a job is as much of you picking the company as it is the company picking you.