Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are booming – and brimming with emerging career opportunities. Whether you’re just starting your career or hoping to transition from a different industry, learn the ins and outs of what it takes to get a job working in AR/VR.
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Webinar recap and Virtual Reality jobs resources
Thanks to everyone that joined the webinar! In case you missed it, we discussed the different types of Virtual Reality Jobs (read about VR jobs here), preparing for a career in VR, getting into VR, being the best candidate, and our current open positions at Marxent. Here are the key points we covered and recommended resources to get you started.
Preparing for a career in Virtual Reality
Start cross-training. Learn more than one skill set. For example, if you are a 3D artist, get training in animation as well.
Stay up-to-date on the latest VR trends. Follow the topic on social media, attending webinars, attending conferences, and attending game jams.
If you want to get your foot in the door, apply for non-developer jobs with a VR company. There are plenty of positions in VR for non-developers such as quality assurance,project management, business analysts, and more. These are great positions to start with as you learn more about VR.
Reach out to Virtual Reality companies and ask questions, let them know what your goals are and ask if they can offer any advice.
Schedule a time to job shadow or visit a VR company to see what it’s like firsthand.
If you have experience in another field but don’t know how to tailor your experience it to VR, reach out to a hiring manager or an individual with similar skills on LinkedIn and ask for guidance or start a discussion in an online community.
Read and research Virtual Reality. Once working in VR, you will need to spend a lot of time researching the latest trends so you can prepare for the next big wearable technology, or a new version of software that’s being released.
Being the best candidate
VR companies are looking for individuals who are go-getters and are passionate about the technology. If you aren’t afraid to take risks, spend time researching latest trends, and are constantly developing your skills, then you can probably hook an interview.
When presenting a portfolio, put your best work first. For example, when someone visits your website, they want to click once and be able to scroll hi-resolution images of your work. While an “About Me” page is encouraged, don’t make it the landing or home page.
The most valued skills in VR are cross-training, continuous skill development, and innovative problem solving.
One of the best things you can do if you have limited experience is to build something yourself and put it out there. The quality of your initial work may not be where you’d like to be, but the commitment to building things and practicing in your free time will set you apart and shows you are serious about a career in VR.
If you are seeking a more business-focused job in VR such as human resources, project management, or business analyst, attend webinars, read VR blogs, attend a conference, or study software development management; this will quickly put you ahead of other candidates.
If you aren’t sure you’re qualified for a position, reach out and ask. You may be more qualified than you think.
How do I know whether I’m qualified to work in Virtual Reality?
What if I don’t have any VR experience?
Can I transition from a job as a web developer to a job in VR?
What should I study if I want to work in VR?
Do I need a PhD to work in AR or VR?
Are there any jobs for non-developers?
Also: Get tips on what companies are looking for and how to set yourself apart. Megan Gray, Marxent HR manager and Vince Kilian, Marxent’s AR/VR Team Lead and VisualCommerce Product Manager will answer your questions live.
Send us your questions: If you have a specific question about working at Marxent or working in Virtual Reality, tweet your questions to @Marxent with the tag #VirtualRealityJobs anytime. If you plan to attend one of our jobs webinars, there is always a live Q&A opportunity during the webinar.