This week, about 40 students between the age 15 and 18 visited us for “Talent Day Media + IT”. The annual event is organized by the city of Hamburg to support young people in their future job planning: during one day, several companies in Hamburg open their gates and give insights into the various job fields in the media and IT industry.
At InnoGames, HR Marketing Manager Wiebke explained the different job opportunities in our company. On top of (senior) job positions, we are also offering positions in vocational training and a combined study program. During an office tour, the students took a look at the “holy” chambers of our company. Afterwards, Nick and Ulrike from the departments Frontend Development and Online Marketing explained what exactly they do at InnoGames.
Nick described his personal experience in the gaming industry and what brought him to us: his love for browser games. At InnoGames and in the online gaming industry in general, he prefers the bigger projects and the longer duration in relation to console games. As a Frontend Developer, he is responsible for our new in-house project (sshhht, still top secret). Ulrike studied economics and had different jobs in other companies before she came to InnoGames this year. She is responsible for our TV ads and game trailers.
Both Nick and Ulrike told the students that good English skills are needed for a career in the industry. You are often in contact with people from foreign countries – in many meetings here at InnoGames we speak English, for example.
Besides listening, the students had the chance to ask as many questions as they liked. Julius, 17, wanted to know how to prepare best for a job as a developer. Nick recommended that you should be interested in development even before you apply for a vocational training or a combined study program. It always gives a good impression, when you are motivated for what you want to do for a living. Nick, for example, took a look at already existing codes and tried to figure out how everything worked. His recommendation: just give it a try! And never hesitate to ask questions! Other employees here at InnoGames had their own development projects before they started at the company. This is really useful because you can show where your talent is and that you are really motivated already in the application process.
Later on, Wiebke explained that there are many different ways to achieve a career in the gaming industry. Besides various fields like game design, software development, graphics or marketing, there are also different opportunities to get into the branch. It depends on what kind of person you are – if you are more the practical or theoretical type, for example. If you are interested in a job at InnoGames, please check this link for open job and training positions.