hey almightly oracle guy
I know this is straying from the topics of rpgs but...
I would really like you to answer these questions
about your job. You see I got this assignment im my
economics class where I choose a career and set up an
imaginery life. Anyway for extra credit I have to ask
some one in the industry that these questions, and
since your so cool I decided to ask u. Thanx man!
Well, I suppose. Anyhow, everyone wants to know more about this. I'll answer using two sets of answers. That which pertains to my RPGamer
'career', and that which pertains to my other job.
1. How did you get involved in your career?
RPGamer: Honestly? I hung out on IRC and knew the right people. I knew a little HTML, and was in the right place at the right time.
full time job irl): I knew the right people, and by the time I was hired, I knew some perl stuff, and a lot more HTML. They needed a webmaster. Here I am.
2. What do you like most about your job? Why?
RPGamer: I don't know. I'm popular, but not world-reknowned, so it's not the 'fame'. It's not the money, (laugh), I work a full time job for
cash. I think it's the exposure to some new opportunities that I wouldn't have had a chance to have were it not for RPGamer, (one word: E3). Also, the
team at RPGamer is a great crew, I dig them all.
Surveyor: I love working in the field that I've chosen. I like doing stuff each day that challenges me a little, (even if I end up wanting to blow up
the entire database on occasion...), and I love learning all the new stuff. I don't learn anything in school anymore, it seems... so I gotta get my fix
somewhere. Also, the team at Surveyor is top notch. They rule.
3. What do you like least about your job? Why?
RPGamer: Heh, the hours. I'm up late.. and sometimes, the last thing you want to do after a 10 hour workday is get home and answer questions
about your jo-- er.. write a column. It's a lot of work, honestly, but I knew that when I signed up.
Surveyor: Hmm. I'd rather be doing stuff a little
more programming oriented, whereas with them I'm stuck in the Marketing department, (which I am very not that well suited for).. and well, since the
free coke fridge came in.. there are no other complaints.
4. What do you do on a daily basis at your job?
RPGamer: HTML, read/answer/write/(research.. sometimes) questions. Work with a group of people on a project (the webpage) and also organize and
help manage the team, to a limited (yet growing) degree. Have fun. :)
Surveyor: HTML, HTML, HTML, HTML, Perl, Perl, Perl, Perl, CGI, CGI, CGI, CGI, MySQL,
MySQL, MySQL, MySQL. Eat chicken every two weeks. Repeat.
5. What are the qualifications for your job?
RPGamer: Know HTML, well. Nested Tables, multi-platform compatibility is a big issue, being able to hand code the html is a big plus. Working as a team.
Surveyor: Perl, CGI, Database, HTML (of course), I do a lot of odds and ends around there, including tech support, helping Duncan out with Cat5 cable making,
all kinds of things. General computer knowledge, with a focus on making business CGIs work with our database. And putting Amber's press releases up on
the web and 'making them look pretty'.
6. Are jobs in your field easy to get?
RPGamer: Good luck. :) We are the few, the proud, the sleep deprived. (Unless you do music box updates twice a year.. errr..)
you have the skills and some experience on paper, these jobs aren't hard to pull down, depending on your area. If you've got technology companies
sprouting up in your area.. latch on somehow, (do tech support and some web stuff on the side, etc).. and then ride the wave up. These aren't
that tough to get once you have the skills necessary.
7. How did you get your present job?
RPGamer: Like I said, it's all about who you know.
Surveyor: Honestly, lots of the same. It's who you know. IRL, what you know becomes
a little more important.. (not in all cases, however.)
8. What is the hardest part of your job?
RPGamer: Staying awake to finish.
Surveyor: Learning curve on some of this is steep, and well, I'm not all that experienced in the field, so
I'm kinda behind, and I feel it sometimes, when I just can't make something work.
9. What other kinds of organizations hire people with
Anywhere that has a webpage that's getting a couple thousand hits per month, (or in RPGamer's case, many thousand per day..) is going to need
some people to maintain that webpage. Lots of businesses have webpages nowadays. Go for it. Get some experience, then jump in. The water's nice.
10. To whom would you suggest I talk?
Mr O'reilly is the best bet, if you ask me. These books will prep you for the tasks you're looking at.
As for perople to talk to.. er.. find someone who knows what you want, and ask them how they got there. Like you're doing to me. If they point you to
someone else.. well, er.. keep going until you find someone with time to really explain everything. Buy books. :)
11. I guess I better buy Lunar before its too late,
Yes. Lunar is cool. :)