Students must choose carefully, says EA's head of Global Talent Brand Matthew Jeffery

GameIndustry's Phil Elliott writes: Graduates in the UK face an increasingly tough time getting a job in the games industry, and university courses aren't necessarily the best means of preparation.

That's according to Matthew Jeffery, Electronic Arts' head of Global Talent Brand, talking in an exclusive interview with
While there are a number of issues surrounding the subject of education, numbers are increasingly difficult.

"I think the problem at the moment is that there are just a large number of gaming-related courses, particularly in the UK - at last count there were around 170 or 180 different courses - which means there's a huge supply of potential graduates coming into the industry," said Jeffery.

"If you look at the gaming degrees, a lot of them have been put together quite hastily and don't prepare graduates for a career in the industry. That means they come to a company like ours and they need extra training - they're not quite ready," said Jeffery.

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coolfool3816d ago (Edited 3816d ago )

Interviews are a great way for people to get a message out. He starts off well by saying that he doesn't like university courses in Game Design because they don't prepare the student for the real world in games.

The problem is that he doesn't use this interview to say what students should be looking for in a uni course. He does say that he might prefer the more traditional courses but that isn't quite enough. A student not only wants to be employable as possible by the end of their degree but also wants to do a course that they love to get there.

So from that point of view it would have been a lot more helpful if he actually said what students should be looking for in a course, where exactly are the university's falling short and what skills he would like to see students have by then end of it. Obviously he can't say absolutely everything and skill requirements are always changing but short of a one-to-one with him personally interviews like this would have been the best way for him to guide students.

Cyrus3653816d ago

Agree 100%, it's obviously easier to point out the problems, than provide solutions...