A love of playing Pokémon, and a drive to work in the gaming industry has led to TAFE NSW St Leonards student, Jessy Robinson landing her dream job as a software programmer for Chaos Theory Games.
After completing a Certificate IV and a Diploma in Digital and Interactive Games at TAFE, Robinson was offered the role at Chaos Theory within six months of her graduation. Robinson spoke about her time at TAFE, and how it prepared her for the new opportunity;
“When I started at TAFE NSW we were straight into hands-on learning. The teachers taught me everything from the basics, right through to exactly what I needed to know to get a job in this industry.”
Previously enrolled in a Bachelor of Software Engineering at the UNSW, and after two-and-a-half years of the degree, Robinson came to realise the information she was being taught wasn’t relevant to her desired career path. Managing Director at Chaos Theory Games, James Lockrey added that Jessy was hired because of the variety of skills she possesses and because she would be an amazing fit for their team.
“As a small five-person team, it’s difficult for any tertiary course to provide all of the skills that a multi-disciplinary developer needs, Jessy was fully capable of hitting the ground running and we definitely threw her into the deep end on a project that was a few weeks away from shipping. Her ability to make progress on day one is a testament to her Unity and programming training from TAFE NSW and UNSW.” Mr Lockrey said.
As one of only two females in her course, Ms Robinson says that whilst the gaming industry is male-dominated, this hasn’t been an issue. Now responsible for 80% of the ‘moving parts’ in client’s projects at Chaos Theory, a massive congratulations go to Jessy in her new role!
To learn more about studying a Certificate IV or a Diploma in Digital and Interactive Games at TAFE NSW for Semester 2, visit www.tafensw.edu.au.