Co-op Preparation

Undergraduates

IGM and The Career Services and Cooperative Education Office partner to run IGME 99: Co-op Preparation Workshop. This is a weekly workshop to build student career skills and explore potential career options. All students who started in an IGM program in 2015 and beyond are required to take this course.

This course helps students prepare for co-operative employment (“co-op”) by developing job search strategies and material. Students will explore current and emerging aspects of IGM fields to help focus their skill development strategies. Students are introduced to job-search material and learn about professional and ethical responsibilities for their co-op and subsequent professional experiences. Students will work collaboratively to build résumés and digital portfolios, and to prepare for interview situations.

The workshop helps the students in the following ways:

  • Covering the already-mandatory co-op orientation.
  • Small group meetings with industry veterans and recruiters.
  • Reviews and feedback for job search material: resume, cover letter, and portfolio.
  • An exploration of multiple job postings and resources.
  • Development of interpersonal skills for the workplace.
  • Advising and feedback from IGM’s Director and program coordinators.
  • And more!

MS Students

All MS students are required to take a 1 credit course called Industry Themes and Perspectives. This course is run jointly by IGM and The Career Services and Cooperative Education Office and serves to build student career skills and explore potential career options.

Additionally, several industry professionals talk with the class about employment opportunities and how games are made professionally. Subject areas range from game design to technical art and even include low level engine development.

Co-op Preparation Partnerships

These workshops are a collaborative effort between the IGM Program Directors, RIT Career Services, and IGM Advising. Other participants will include IGM alumni, company representatives, and others as time permits.