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The Entry-Level Dilemma: Current Conditions

Marq Singer  |  Software Engineer, Freelance

Location: Room 125, North Hall

Format: Roundtable
Track: Production
Vault Recording: Not Recorded

Despite having grown and matured as an industry over the decades, we're still lagging when it comes to entry-level positions and continuing education. The traditional hiring requirements of a year's experience and one title shipped have become less viable. We simply have too many positions and not enough qualified people. Often, a position will stay vacant for years for want of a qualified person. University programs and trade schools are helping raise the bar, but we still seem to favor waiting for other studios to fail in order to get experienced people. Worse still, we're all getting older, we're retiring, and the pool of old guard employees is shrinking. We need to come up with strategies for effectively hiring low/no experience professionals and improving continuing education, externally and in-house, and improving the skill sets of all of our developers. Thursday will take a look at current conditions, including successful and less successful attempts to open the field to entry-level positions.


This roundtable is designed to address the issues, their causes and possible solutions. Particular focus will be placed on looking at and potentially overcoming obstacles in creating entry-level positions. Participants should come away with at least a better understanding of the complexities involved, if not real solutions.

Intended Audience

This is a mid-level lecture which will address the concerns of top-level studio personnel making hiring decisions, development leads trying to create more effective teams, and students/entry-level hopefuls who might be trying to make sense of the whole hiring process. Participation from all levels is encouraged.