Name: John Campbell, 23
Degree/university: Computer Science, Loughborough University, 2:1, 2004
Occupation: Junior Programmer, Sony
What do you do in your job?
As a junior programmer I do a mixture of designing, analysing and implementing ideas. My main area of work is online games.
What was your motivation in applying?
I started playing games when I was a kid and then gradually got more interested in it when I was at university. I decided that I wanted to be involved in games on a professional level and decided to do programming.
What did the application process involve?
I had to fill out an application form and then go for an interview at Sony. The interview consisted of a lot of technical questions with some other non-related questions as well. They also wanted to test my problem solving skills, as this is a key part of the job.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I really enjoy the problem solving and also get quite a buzz out of seeing what I have done on screen.
Most challenging part of the job?
Getting to grips with the new and unfamiliar aspects of the job can be quite challenging. However within this environment there are always lots of very knowledgeable people around who you can ask for help.
It can be quite a frustrating job when some things won¡¯t work. Problems can vary in the amount of time it can take to solve them ¨C some take hours or days or even weeks if it is something particularly bad.
Advice to readers considering a career in your field:
You don’t need to specialise straight away. The industry is fairly flexible and you can move around quite easily.