Do NOT become a Video Game Tester

If you are young and still a student. If you love video games and don’t see yourself doing anything else for a career. If you think becoming a video game tester could be your way in this industry. Then my advice to you is:

Do NOT become a Video Game Tester.

Work is work

Video Games, entertainment, sports, etc. These are industries that sound fun.
And they are fun, but mainly for the consumer.

But for the workers who grind every day behind the scene, it becomes just a job like any other job.
Work is work.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that working in a “fun” industry will automatically be fun.
For the first few weeks, it might be exciting. But then the novelty will wear off, and you are left with a regular job just like any other.
And you realize the amount of hard work that it takes to produce “fun” content for the consumer.

You also have to consider that many people want to work in these industries. So there is a lot of competition, and lower salaries.

Any job can still be fun

Don’t despair though. A job can be fun. A job can be enjoyable. In any industries.

The real factors that can make a job enjoyable are:

  • The people you work with
  • Being challenged, growing and learning
  • Doing something you find meaningful
  • Getting paid fairly

There’s nothing like getting home at the end of the day with the feeling that you accomplished something with a team of great people. And then you can practice your hobby (Video Games?) enjoying it fully, because you know you have done something productive today and earned money.

Not all jobs will have be perfect regarding all these factors. But that’s what you should be looking for.

You can still work in Video Games

Now let’s be fair: the Video Game industry has some quality jobs with regards to the factors I just listed.
So yes, you can still work in that industry and be happy.

But Video Game Tester is a job with little career progression, and low salary. It’s not a job you should be aiming at if you have other options.
So when young people still in school write to me about wanting to become a Video Game Tester, I say: Don’t do it.

Work hard to have better options. Try other positions and/or other industries.
Keep Video Games as a fun hobby.
You will always be able to apply to a Video Game Testing position later in your career if that’s what you really want to do.

But if you start as a Video Game Tester at the beginning of your career, you might get stuck there for a long time.
I know, because I did it. I was out of options. And progressing into another position, and another industry was hard.

So if you have better options, with better pay and career progression, explore them first.

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