EA Mythic has put out the latest newsletter. It includes a weath of interesting features for those who received it. Among the interesting aspects is a developer profile of former MMORPG.com writer Richard Duffek.
|What is your background? College? Degree? Has it helped with the job?
School... I've made an attempt at that ordeal twice so far. The first time I was going for the Programming Path of a Computer Science degree. Had I finished that, I might have a far more interesting job to talk about here at Mythic. But it just wasn't for me at that time in my life and I ended up dropping out and getting a "real" job.
A couple years later I went back to school, this time for a Computer Networking and Troubleshooting Technology degree. Basically it was the A+, Cisco, Network+ and Microsoft certifications. About three quarters of the way through the program I realized that as much as I loved building and working on my own computers, I could never do it for a living. So once again, I dropped out; this time to stay home and be Mr. Mom while my wife went to work and I figured out exactly what it was I wanted to do with my life.
Mythic is my first job IN the industry, but while I was sitting at home every day playing Mr. Mom I managed to land a gig at MMORPG.com as the Lead Writer/Reviewer. I wouldn't say that either degree path I was following helped me land that job or my current gig, but a lot of the classes I took along the way have definitely benefited me over the years.
The whole letter is available online here.