Our professional identity.

We are back at SAE, blogging once again. We are here to get better at making films, games, websites, graphics, code, audio engineering and so on. This week we will be talking about our identity professionally, how we are all the same and ultimately to love what you do.

How we are all the same.

In the creative media field, when it comes down to it, we are all the same. A place to start this conversation is by looking at how we are seen by others, how we are depicted in entertainment. Ultimately we are depicted as people who come up with the wildest ideas that haven’t been thoroughly thought through for the viewing from the public eye, and that we will change our minds about ideas for a project on the drop of a pin. It is interesting that we are seen as wild, undeceive creatures, because when it comes down to it, we may be nocturnal and fuelled by caffeine. Crazy, but in the late hours of the night innovation is at it’s most efficient.

Converting Caffeine to Code – http://bit.do/caffeinetocode

Not knowing what we want to do.

Even though I may not end up creating games for a job, doing a Games Programming course will widen my field of programming and I can then be an asset to a game development team in the future if need be. This course will also enhance my professional identity.

Like most other students, at this point we do not know exactly where we will end up and what fields we will be working in the gaming industry, it is early days yet, but knowing what you love to do is the first step to success and is a good motive to make finishing the course that much easier.

Study Heaps, Worry About the Costs Later – http://bit.do/learnnowpaylater

I believe it is important to get a feel for other related jobs in the field you want to end up in. When it comes to the time you try what you thought you might love, you may find it is different to what you expected and that it actually is not what you want to do for the rest of your life. If you try other related jobs, you may find that only a slight change in the job description is all that was needed and that yes, you will thoroughly enjoy the field. Experiencing other related options will increase your field-related skills, improving your professional identity and making yourself better hire-able.

Love what you do.

After reading @rachelnabors story on Medium, I realised I wasn’t the only one thinking this and that she had a real life experience that went through the whole process, she states that,

“If I’d just gone straight into web development because it seemed like a money-maker, I wouldn’t be half as excited about what I can do or as interesting to others in my field.”

She also states that. “I love what I do. And it loves me back. “. This, like I stated, seems like a key to happiness in any job.As long as you have a very general idea of what you like to do, you can find a job that supports the activity. It may not be the highest paying job out of all the options given to you, but you will feel happier and work more productively if it is ideally what you enjoy doing.

Let Every Opportunity Build Upon Your Personal Identity – http://bit.do/personalidentity

I have a plan… sort of.

A broad but strong professional identity is a very important factor to me for a full and fun working life, I want to study for the next 5-7 years in slightly different fields in the general programming field. The courses I am thinking of maybe doing are Games Programming, Web and Mobile, and Software Engineering. I will be better qualified and recognised as a more professional person in the field and because of this, hopefully better hire-able and be able to do a broader spectrum of work.

This is Daniel Jochem, signing out.