Whilst there is no definite path that guarantees a career in the games industry, a university degree in the field which you wish to pursue is of course a good starting point, particularly courses which have been recognised by the video games industry and awarded Skillset accreditation. To find out more about Universities who offer Skillset Computer Games accredited courses go to: http://www.skillset.org/games/accreditation/
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe is a serving board member of Skillset's Computer Games Skills Council and fully supports the accreditation scheme. For games development/creative careers, being able to show an in-depth portfolio of projects and ideas, both done out-of-hours and through coursework, is also advantageous.
For insight into how some of our staff ended up at PlayStation, visit our Staff Profiles page.
We would also recommend ensuring that you're up to date with games industry news. Some informative sites include:
Develop Online (http://www.develop-online.net/)
Games Industry.Biz (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/)
Edge Online (http://www.edge-online.com/)
Placements & Visits
While we would love to be able to offer everyone a taste of life behind the scenes at PlayStation, we are limited to a small number of University and school placements each year.
There are a very limited number of internships made available each year for University students. These placements are advertised both here on PlayStation Jobs, on our @PlayStationJobs Twitter account and through University career services, so please watch your jobs board for any new roles.
Work experience placements of one week's duration and as part of a student's school curriculum may be offered to exceptional candidates.
Placement opportunities will be advertised in the Vacancies section of this website. Applications will be accepted from the beginning of October for placements in the following year, with offers being made in January. Keep an eye on @PlayStationJobs on Twitter as we will tweet when new placement opportunities are released in October.
Please note that due to the large number of enquiries and applications received; only successful applicants will be contacted.
Unfortunately due to the confidential nature of our work we are unable to offer visits by school groups.
All graduate and entry-level roles will be advertised in Vacancies as they become available. Keep an eye on @PlayStationJobs to be the first to know about any new roles.
For any development focussed role and where relevant, please try to include links to any demos, showreels and online portfolios in your CV as this is the best way for our hiring managers to evaluate your suitability to the role
Getting involved in competitions is great way to gain experience and provides an opportunity for receiving recognition (as well as enhancing your CV).
The following might be of interest:
Dare to be Digital (http://daretobedigital.com/)