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Add Senior to That Title: Real Career Talk

Ben Schneider  (Professor of Practice, Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

Location: Room 207, South Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 22

Time: 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Game Career Development

Format: Lecture

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

The real difference between entry level and senior (or even lead!) is not what most people think. By turning career advancement on its head and focusing on how teammates are surprisingly the most important ingredient in teams, the game of getting ahead turns into a collaborative path of iterative growth.

This talk takes its theory to the street—well, the cubicle—with specific examples, common misconceptions, and the real experiences of Ben Schneider, Professor of Practice at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, both as a designer and as a manager.

Real talk includes what's up with the idea of taking initiative, managing upward, making the most of professional development (hint: GDC), and even layoffs.


Attendees will leave with a new set of concepts for thinking about seniority. Plenty of specific advice and clear examples for how these concepts can be applied in the real world.

Intended Audience

This is for entry level through management. No hard requirements, but even a little industry experience will help make the advice and theory a lot more tangible and real.