What I Wish I Knew When I Started My Career as a Software Developer


When you're starting your career in any field, you probably have high hopes but don't really know what to expect. Should you keep your head down and do what you're told or should you aim only for ambitious projects? Here's what I've learned in my experience as a software developer. » 1/23/15 11:40am 1/23/15 11:40am

When (If Ever) To Put Gaming On Your Resume

Honing your skills in a video game is hard work. It takes practice, patience, and creativity. These are all assets that could help you land a real job, too. But do they? Have you ever emphasized your gaming background during a job search, and did it help? » 8/13/14 1:00pm 8/13/14 1:00pm

Are You A Senior Game UX Designer? We're Hiring

Gawker Media, the company behind Kotaku.com, is developing Kinja, our collaborative blogging platform. We need a UX expert to make our software as elegant and pleasant to use as possible. And I suspect a game developer might be who we need. » 4/29/14 7:40am 4/29/14 7:40am

What It's Like to Taste Frozen Food for a Living

Understandably, there is some point in life where getting paid to stuff your face with french fries might sound like a desirable thing. For most people, this point quickly passes. A former professional frozen food taster tells all in a gross and engrossing interview at The Billfold. » 3/30/14 6:01pm 3/30/14 6:01pm

The Likelihood A Robot Will Steal Your Job, In One Picture

More and more, jobs everywhere are becoming automated—and it's only going to get worse as technology becomes more capable and advanced. What are the chances your job could be taken by a robot, machine or AI, though? » 3/27/14 6:00pm 3/27/14 6:00pm

What Does It Take to Snag a Job as a Lego Designer?

The Wall Street Journal goes behind the scenes today at a very stressful job interview for the coolest job in the world: Designer at Lego world headquarters in Billund, Denmark. » 11/14/13 12:17pm 11/14/13 12:17pm

'Desk Rage' Is a 'Silent Epidemic' Among Assholes

There's this crazy new thing happening called "people hating their jobs" that has spawned this other new thing called "Desk Rage." It's basically being really annoyed with stuff that happens... at work. » 8/21/13 7:31pm 8/21/13 7:31pm

Now Hiring for Kotaku: A Video-Minded Video Game Expert

Do you love video games? More importantly, are you able to communicate your love of video games through the 21st-century medium of online video? Then we should talk. » 5/08/13 12:15pm 5/08/13 12:15pm

Want a Job in Video Games? No, a Job *in* Video Games

We're not talking developer, designer, producer or sound engineer. Today's Speak Up on Kotaku from commenter nicp1112 is all about what job you'd like to be hired for in an actual video game. Still confused? » 4/09/12 5:30pm 4/09/12 5:30pm

Being a Video Game Tester is Just a Damn Job, Okay?

Earlier this week we posted a story article regarding the hardships of being a QA tester in the video game industry. Commenter Gunflame is here to set the record straight—it's a job, get over it. » 3/30/12 5:30pm 3/30/12 5:30pm

The Bleak Despair Of Abject Poverty In Video Game Form

You've lost your job, your house, and your savings are completely gone. Can you survive for a month on $1,000? That's the challenge put forth in the game Spent. Are you up to it? » 2/28/11 2:00pm 2/28/11 2:00pm

How A "Worthless" Degree Robbed A Stripper Of Her Video Game Love

Carrianne Howard studied game design. As Bloomberg previously reported, she ponied up US$70,000 for a "worthless" degree from a for-profit college. But Howard not only lost $70,000 on that degree, she also lost her love of video games. » 8/12/10 5:00am 8/12/10 5:00am

Microsoft Is Hiring For The Next Halo Game

While Halo: Reach is Bungie's last hurrah in the Halo universe, Microsoft's 343 Industries is keeping the dream alive, with fifteen new positions opening today for qualified individuals seeking to "be part of the awesome." » 7/01/10 12:40pm 7/01/10 12:40pm

Boy: Playing Xbox Will Get Me A "Nowhere Job"

An ex-NBA star recently asked a group of children where playing Xbox will get them. He was promoting fitness, so he probably expected a negative answer. And he got one. » 1/11/10 11:00am 1/11/10 11:00am

Tomb Raider Dev Wants Multiplayer Designers for ... Tomb Raider?

Well. Color me shocked. Crystal Dynamics has put out a help-wanted ad seeking a designer to lead "multiplayer vision and design effort for "one of the most prestigious AAA franchises in the industry." Whatever could that be? » 12/06/09 4:00pm 12/06/09 4:00pm

We're Hiring! A Tech Guy, That Is

Would you like to work for the Gawker Media empire, slaving away on the technology that powers our informative web sites? Then have we got the job for you, tech guy or tech gal! Here's the official description from HR! » 7/31/09 6:20pm 7/31/09 6:20pm