After high school I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I always liked playing games. I took a chance and enrolled in a Diploma of Information Technology (Games Development) at TAFE, as well as a Certificate 3 in Networking. It didn’t take me long to realise I wanted to develop games as a career.
At the time, having the diploma from TAFE was a requirement to get into my UTS course. The transition was very smooth from TAFE to university; there really isn't much difference between the two. The only thing that really changed was getting used to a new routine and meeting so many new people.
My study is intense, but I find it rewarding. Coming from TAFE gave me a maturity around how I approached my university education. At TAFE I still felt like a high school kid and just went with the flow of things, but when it came closer to the end of the diploma I had to make some adult choices about what I should be doing to further my education and improve my employability prospects. It's made me much more responsible during the tough times and has helped me to become a better learner.
Where do I see myself in five years? I’ll be happy if I’m programming at a software company while developing my own games on the side.
Top tip: Keep calm and stay on top of your work. If you can do this, university is phenomenal.
Bachelor of Science in Games Development