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Advice for Students

Career paths
There's no definite path that guarantees a career in the games industry, but a university degree in the area in which you want to specialise is always a good starting point - particularly if the course is recognised by the video games industry and has Creative Skillset accreditation. Click here for more info on Creative Skillset-accredited courses, or click here to view Creative Skillset's Career in Games page, which contains helpful job profiles and case studies. Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe is a serving board member of Creative Skillset's Computer Games Skills Council and fully supports the scheme.

For creative careers and those in games development, it's also wise to build an in-depth portfolio of projects and ideas. You can also sign up to Creative Skillset's Hiive - an online networking, collaboration and job-finding tool for the creative industries. It's a good way to find job opportunities and work placements.

Other great resources include Code Academy and Khan Academy, online learning sites that offer free training in programming and coding. Alternatively, check out EDX and Coursera, two providers of free, open online learning communities supported by leading universities. You can also find insider info on what it takes to make a great game on the BAFTA Games pages.

Last but not least, there's Next Gen Skills Academy, a provider of everything from taster sessions in schools to career development for seasoned professionals. The Academy works with leading employers across gaming, animation and video FX and has developed a Level 3 Diploma aimed at students aged 16 and above. The diploma is delivered by colleges across England.

For insight into how some of our current team members found their way to the world of PlayStation, check out our PlayStation People page.

It's also worth staying up to date on developments within the wider industry. Keep an eye on the following sites for all the latest news and info:

* Develop Online
* Games Industry.Biz
* Gama Sutra
* Edge Online

Placements and visits
We'd love to offer everyone a taste of life behind the scenes at PlayStation, but there simply isn't enough time - so we're limited to providing a small number of university and school student placements each year.

University students
We offer a very limited number of internships each year, designed with university students in mind. These placements will be advertised here on the PlayStation Jobs site, through our @PlayStationJobs Twitter account and via university career services.

School students
We offer a limited number of one-week work experience placements to exceptional candidates as part of their school's designated curriculum. These placements will be advertised on the PlayStation Jobs site and through our @PlayStationJobs Twitter account. We accept applications from the beginning of October for the following year, with offers being made in January. Please note that due to the large number of enquiries received, only successful applicants will be contacted.

School visits

Due to the confidential nature of so much of our work, we are unable to offer visits by school groups.

Graduate roles
All graduate and entry-level roles will be advertised on this website and via our @PlayStationJobs Twitter account as they become available. For development-related roles, and where relevant, please try to include links to demos, showreels and online portfolios within your CV. This helps our team to evaluate your suitability for available roles.

Student competitions
Competitions are a great way to get experience and receive recognition for your abilities - as well as enhancing your CV. If you're up for the challenge, check out:

BAFTA Young Game Designers competition
Brains Eden Gaming Festival
Global Game Jam
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