TAKING PASSION TO NEXT LEVEL GAMER SECURES HIS DREAM JOB
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.