TAK­ING PAS­SION TO NEXT LEVEL GAMER SE­CURES HIS DREAM JOB

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CLASSIFIEDS - Cas­san­dra Briedis MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, June 3, 2015

THE say­ing goes that if you do what you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.

For­mer cor­po­rate fi­nance an­a­lyst Al­lan Wang was not con­tent with his work­ing life so he de­cided to take a leap of faith and al­ter his ca­reer path.

“When I sat down and re­ally thought about my pas­sions and what I wanted, only one thing came to mind — video games,” he said.

Mr Wang en­rolled in a Bach­e­lor of In­ter­ac­tive En­ter­tain­ment ma­jor­ing in Games Pro­gram­ming at SAE Qantm In­sti­tute in Syd­ney.

Dur­ing the fi­nal stage of his two-year de­gree, he was hired as an as­so­ciate pro­gram­mer af­ter com­plet­ing an in­tern­ship with game devel­op­ment Half­brick.

“Within hours of start­ing my in­tern­ship, I re­alised what it feels like when your pas­sion aligns with your work,” he said.

His com­pany spe­cialises in mo­bile games for An­droid and iOS de­vices and has pro­duced popular ti­tles in­clud­ing Fruit Ninja and Jet­pack Joyride.

“My du­ties are ba­si­cally

indie stu­dio im­ple­ment­ing var­i­ous pieces of func­tion­al­ity in the game, from core sys­tems to game con­tent,” he said.

Mr Wang said one of the best parts of the job was work­ing in a team.

“All my work mates are gamers and like-minded peo­ple,” he said.

“I’m still in my hon­ey­moon pe­riod.”

Com­pared to his past job in bank­ing, Mr Wang said his new po­si­tion was less stress­ful and best suited to those who were not determined to “climb the ca­reer lad­der”.

“You have to re­ally love mak­ing video games and ev­ery­thing about it to work at a small indie game com­pany,” he said. As skills are de­vel­oped, pro­gres­sion to se­nior pro­gram­ming roles can be of­fered.

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