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Getting the Job: Management

Getting into the game industry can be very difficult, even with good skills. The guidance and advice section will give you more direct advice on what you'll need to be good at and which areas to concentrate on in order to significantly improve your chances.

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Management Overview

Management skills can be transferred across from different industries, but there must be an underlying passion for the games industry. Knowledge of the industry is crucial; experience in the industry is preferable but not essential and previous management experience important. A Manager must also understand how the industry is defined by the different products and companies. For all these reasons this is not a graduate job or entry-level role. One route into management is by working in one of the other games development disciplines.

Project Director/Manager

Skills Required

  • Technical skills - a Manager doesn't need to be an Artist, Designer or Programmer, but the more they know about the different disciplines the better. At the very least they must understand the processes involved in the development cycle, as they need to be able to look at a member of their team's work and tell what stage it's at, in order to set realistic goals.
  • Terminology - technical knowledge of the processes involved also entails knowledge of the terminology used (for example, Engine SDK). A Manager needs to understand the basic concepts involved when these terms are used (for example, understanding the consequences of an engine update).
  • Soft skills - communication is key in management; strong interpersonal and presentation skills are needed. A Manager needs to be able to prioritise and delegate the project's workload. Negotiation and diplomacy are also vital.

Tips

  • Get as much management experience as possible. Even if you are too young to gain experience in the workplace, start with school projects or events, charities and volunteer work. Take part in events organisation where you can, as interviewees will take this into account.
  • Learn as much as you can about the theory of management. You should take an interest in the different styles of management and understand the ideas behind them.
  • Make sure that your application is impeccably presented, as being able to present your work and yourself in a professional way is extremely important.

Resources

For more information on specific job roles, see our Job Roles: Management section.