Me viz-a-viz work
by phil on Friday Feb 22, 2008 4:34 PM
A few weeks ago I left my salaried job as a video game designer. I had been at Aspyr for a year and a half. My name is now attached to these games:
- The Sims: Castaway Stories
- The Sims: Pet Stories
- The Sims: Life Stories (PC Mag: Editor's Choice)
- The Guild 2
It was a fairly awesome job, and the fact that I was there for a year and a half is a testament to how much it approximated what I want out of my work-life. I liked being around a variety of personalities, from creative types to production people. I liked working on interesting material and with an interesting toolset (The Sims is one of the best-selling games of all time). But in the end, I just became more and more confident that I would only be happy if I was independent.
I left with the intention of being a freelance game designer. And then my plan shifted to making re-sellable software for video games. But honestly as it stands now, I'm not 100% sure of my direction. I'm very certain, though, about a lot of what I want in my future career. The following books helped me figure that out, big time: The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success and What Color Is Your Parachute? 2008: A Practical Manual for Job-hunters and Career-Changers for guiding me in self-discovery. But there's still a lot of unknowns and of course you have to see how your vision of what you want in life refracts when it hits the pavement.
Rahul said on February 27, 2008 11:01 AM:
Congrats on your life change! Hope you find what you seek. /rd