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3 Jan 2014

You Got the Indie Development Job, So Now What?

If you have been following this week’s series of articles, then you know this week has been a celebration of new beginnings. Every day, I have detailed how to make yourself presentable to the hiring managers of indie development studios and ensure they will not be able to resist inviting you for an interview. In addition, I have also detailed mistakes to avoid during the interview. In the last post of the series, I am going to detail what to do after you get the job and how to find success in the indie development studio of your dreams.

 

Know where you want to go

One of my professors told our class one day that if you do not have a plan regarding where you want to go in life, you are not going to go anywhere. That is true of nearly every facet of life, and it’s certainly true if you want to have success in your new job. Sure, your goal for the longest time was to get a job at an indie studio, and now that you have attained that goal, you may find yourself lost as you wonder ‘what’s next.’

What’s next is something you should figure out as quickly as possible. What do you hope to achieve in your new job? Do you hope to become the head developer of the studio in a few years? Do you hope to gain a wealth of experience and move onto another indie studio? Sit down with a piece of paper and write which goals you want to obtain while at your new position. By having a concise ‘road map’ that details your goals, you will have a better understanding of what you should be working for.

 

Develop discipline

Most people have terrible attention spans. One minute they are working on a task assigned to them, and the next they are watching YouTube videos. Or talking with co-workers. Or getting their fifth cup of coffee for the morning. Or playing with their set of pens. Need I continue?

That isn’t to say these employees are bad. Most likely many of these employees are able to get tasks done during crunch time (and are probably able to churn out great work in the process). Yet, by showcasing that you have the discipline to work on your tasks when they are assigned to you and avoid procrastination and the temptation to divert your attention to other areas of the office, your employer is going to notice this and (hopefully) see you as a person they can depend on.

 

Networking

I have mentioned this a million times, but it still needed to be repeated. Networking is vital to your success at your new job, and making friends with your fellow co-workers is important. People need to like you, and you need for your co-workers to want you to be at work daily. The workplace will operate better and smoother if you are liked, which will also minimize stress (it’s stressful working at a place where no one likes you) and will present you with possible new job opportunities later down the road.

If your co-workers like you and are legitimately your friends, if some of them leave for bigger career and you decide to make a career move later on as well, you can have job opportunities that you otherwise wouldn’t have had. You would be surprised how many people got their current job based on being friendly with their past co-workers. It literally pays to be on good terms with your co-workers at all times – and besides, it makes the workplace a heck of a lot more fun when you like everybody and vice-versa!

 

Don’t be the ‘know it all’

In other words, don’t be ‘that guy.’ Too often, there is that one individual that acts like he/she knows everything there is to know about every position at a company, and nobody likes them. Know-it-alls are annoying – especially when they clearly don’t ‘know it all.’ Be humble to everyone in your new job, because let’s face it: you could be at your job for 100 years and you still wouldn’t know everything. Always be ready to learn new things – heck, if you aren’t doing this anyway, you’re wasting your time.

If someone comes to you for advice and you cannot provide an answer to the question, find the answer for them rather than providing a BS answer just to make it look like you knew what you were talking about. Do not constantly keep providing your ‘two cents’ to everyone all day every day – especially when you are not asked to provide the feedback. Again, be humble and never stop learning, and you will do fine at your new dream job.

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