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How can I get into software engineer or game design?

What will help me achieve my goal of becoming a software engineer or game designer?

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Andrew’s Answer

If you can, getting a degree in CS or game design is the best way. Colleges usually work with you to help create a learning path to figure out where you want to go within that specialty. If youre younger or college isnt an option or even just for added learning there are many online certifications and courses to utilize to build your resume. Along the way in these learning processes youll find ins and outs of specialties, network building, etc to help grow your resume
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Suad’s Answer

+1 to the comments above regarding schooling. That is the most common path people take to get into software engineering / game design. This plus LeetCode and you will likely land a job in a couple of months after school.

However, from my experience it does not always lead to a fulfilling career. I know too many people that follow this path thinking it is smooth sailing once you land a job, only to later be bored out of their minds (they refuse to even look at a line of code outside of work). Ask yourself this, are you doing it to be a 'software engineer/ game designer', or are you doing it because you have a passion for coding and all the things that come with it?

In my opinion, the best way to get into these fields is to find a problem you'd like to solve in your life and code up a solution for it. It doesn't have to be big. My first one was adding a loading bar to a website for $50 (enough to buy a newly released video game). It was arguably my worst paying job since it took me over 100 hours to figure out how to add 20ish lines of code to a static site. It was also one of the most euphoric moments in my life. I refreshed that website with my newly added loading bar at least a couple hundred times haha.

Anyways the TLDR is:
School will give you a solid foundation of knowledge that can get you a job. Being curious will give you a life long tool to solve any problem that comes your way.

To quote Steve Jobs:
“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."

My short career summary:
Degree in Biology -> Educational researcher in neuroscience -> CTO and Co-Founder at a multi million $ startup -> Software engineer at IBM -> Software engineer at Google

In this time I've done dozens of projects outside of work for fun (and profit!).
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Natalia’s Answer

As was mentioned by Andrew, you might want to start with research (check college courses available to you or online certifications, and engineering forums/communities, build your network and begin following professionals to get some insights into specific topics).

I am listing a few communities where you can create your profile and get tons of information while searching by specific topics: https://github.com/, https://www.gamedeveloper.com/, https://www.gamedev.net/start-game-development/, https://www.linkedin.com, https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/games/community/, https://medium.com/, https://www.pluralsight.com/.

I hope this helps. Good luck!
Thank you comment icon Your advice was so helpful! Pei Bin
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