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How To Be A Virtual Reality Developer

How To Be A Virtual Reality Developer

Virtual reality is pretty much the next big thing, as it has been for about 20 years now. Being the “next big thing” for so long just shows how much hype it has and how challenging it has been to make virtual reality a practical reality. Much of that work falls on developers who are doing all they can with current and bleeding-edge technologies to push the envelope ever forward.

You can be a virtual reality developer too, but only if it truly is what you’re looking for. Being a part of technology’s next big leap is an exciting prospect, but you must be able to actively contribute to it. The road to becoming a developer is something that one must be able walk and stumble through without loss of enthusiasm upon reaching a milestone.

Requirements

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Virtual Reality Requirements

    Of course, the foundation is to be a developer in the first place, whether you’re a programmer, 3D artist, or so on. You must have the core skills needed to take that next step in getting into virtual reality(VR). Experience with working in a team and working on projects is also a recommended pre-requisite, since you should be comfortable working in such conditions. VR is fairly similar, but with more unfamiliar and unusual hardware to deal with.

    Creating 3D environments in a computer is one thing, but making them for VR has its own set of challenges, many of which are still being solved. The most obvious application is in video games, so it helps greatly if you’re a game developer. However, developers from other fields are also valuable as they can bring ideas and potential solutions from other perspectives. Whether it’s film, architecture, engineering, interior design, mathematics, chemistry, medicine, or so on, each of these fields will be able to benefit from the advent of VR technology.

    The most important requirement is to have the desire to come up with totally new ideas and work with them persistently. Creating new technologies is basically problem solving, and nothing substantial comes out if those working at it won’t persist even when hope seems lost. This is the fate of all who embark on new frontiers like this.

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    Current Developers

    The most famous name in VR right now is the Oculus Rift, being developed by Oculus, which is now owned by Facebook — the social media giant snatched the project up for $2 billion. They’re at the forefront right now in VR technology, spearheading the movement to the future.

    Other major efforts include the Sony PlayStation VR, also known as Project Morpheus. As the name suggests, this one is definitely gaming-focused. There’s also the Microsoft HoloLens, which has been previewed in E3 2015. As for the mobile market, the Samsung Gear VR is being developed in partnership with Oculus to bring VR to smartphones. Apple has also tossed their hat in the game, having filed a patent for their own set of head-mounted VR goggles.

    As Tesla is with the electric car, these companies are pushing virtual reality forward, and you can aim at getting a job in one of them to become a virtual reality developer. These are prestigious companies that are known to be havens for other like-minded developers who are passionate about their fields.

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    If you’re more into making VR games, then you should join companies like Valve, who are also developing their own VR with SteamVR. There are also quite a few game development companies that are actively developing for VR, including nDreams, Reload Studios, Crytek, Uber Entertainment, and many more.

    You can also get yourself an Oculus Rift Development Kit and make games with it. This is a more grassroots approach that will take a lot of effort to pull off; being an indie game developer can be a hard life. However, if your passion is in making games, then this could be the way to go for you. You’ll definitely be considered a VR developer when you come out with your own VR game, especially if it’s good. There are a brave and ambitious few who are doing just this, and you can join them if you really have the heart and drive for it.

    Conclusion

    Becoming a virtual reality developer is challenging and fascinating, and time can only tell whether it will soon take over our world or if it needs even more time to pull that off. Whatever the result may be, there are a whole lot of really smart people who are constantly working on it tirelessly, trying to bring the virtual world into our peripheral vision.

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    As a virtual reality developer, you know you’re doing your part in changing the world for the future. That’s quite a reward in itself, and the journey is indeed a very interesting one.

    Featured photo credit: Virtual Reality Developer via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on June 25, 2019

    How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

    How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

    Wondering how to ace an interview? In this article, you will learn everything you need to nail your dream job — from resume submission to the end of the interview cycle.

    In order to land a job interview, you must start with submitting a great resume. Submitting resumes is generally done by, “apply now”, the way many apply for consideration to a job requisition. Even if not applying the tradition way, let’s say, emailing someone in your network about an opportunity- you will still need a great resume.

    So first thing first, work on your resume.

    Today in the United States, 98% of organizations use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to extract information from an applicant’s resume to build a digital applicant profile that can be searched, filtered, and/or ranked.[1] So, a resume that is ATS friendly is part one for landing and acing a job interview.

    To do this, a resume must have certain formatting and keywords to get the resume through the scan and into the hands of a recruiter. Without a resume that works with and for today’s technology and requirements, an interview can be difficult to land.

    Here’s a great DIY Resume Guide (Do it Yourself Resume Guide) to help you craft an ATS and Recruiter friendly resume:[2]

    There used to be a time where a job application was enough, today, an ATS friendly resume leads all methods in landing a job interview.

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    Now, let’s talk about acing that interview.

    A job interview is part 2 of the job application process. An interview is where applicants that have met the minimum requirements are selected to discuss the job opportunity with the employer or hiring manager.

    Interviews are generally conducted via telephone, in person, and or applications/technology such as Skype. When the interview is landed, these 10 tips will help you ace the job interview:

    1. Going for a Job Opportunity That Speaks to Your Passion

    Having a passion for the job/ industry is extremely important. Doing something that aligns with inner passion is important for quality of life.

    People that have passion for the job that they are interviewing for generally have better interview experiences. When we talk about what we love, it is seen in our faces, our body language, and heard in our tone. Here’re 10 Reasons Why Following Your Passion Is More Important Than Money.

    In short, consideration of talents, discovering the things that make you happy and sad, and what you love losing yourself in.

    2. Study the Job Description: Essential Job Functions and Qualification Requirements

    Doing this will allow you the opportunity to develop examples of past and present experience that relate to the essential job functions and required qualifications.

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    Examples of experience is always a plus for interviewers, painting a full picture goes a long way. Even when not asked for an example, it is always a plus to tie answers to interview questions to examples from your experience.

    If there is a portfolio (work samples: images, writing samples, published work, videos, awards, etc.) of work- that’s even better!

    3. Research the Company and the Interviewer(s)

    Being an employee means entering into a relationship with an employer. In many areas of life, research is done prior to committing; researching a company prior to an interview is no different.

    It is important to determine if the company is a good fit and therefore makes it easier to answer “why do you want to work here?” It helps better verbalize how past experience, skills, and values align with the company’s mission, and it shows the interviewer that you are interested in more than just a job.

    4. Think Positive and Tap into Confidence

    Positivity exudes confidence and both are necessary, so the employers knows that trust can be given.

    Thoughts lead to action, therefore, operating from a positive perspective will reveal confidence. The goal of the interview is to land the job offer; employers need to believe that you believe in yourself so that they can believe you. Here are a few tips for positive thinking.

    5. Have Copies of the Resume Used to Apply for the Job

    It’s always good to be ready for extra interviewers in the room; many interviews today are panel interviews/ multi-person interviews.

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    Though a resume was likely submitted with the application, it is always a good idea to come with extra copies in anticipation of the potential need. If there was no resume submission, it is crucial that you provide a copy during the interview; doing this shows the employer preparedness and resolution to challenges.

    6. Plan for Behavior Based Interview Questions

    Most companies use pre-selected questions, often times having a list of behavior-based questions. Usually these questions start with: “provide an example of”, “tell me about a time when”, and/or “describe a time/situation when”.

    Having examples of problems solved and strategies used, initiatives led, contributions to teams and departments, will help ace a job interview. Painting a picture to help employers see skills, qualifications, and experience is extremely important during a job interview.

    7. Make a List of Selling Points

    It’s important to be proactive about the selling points that you want to make in an interview. This is where a portfolio works great! It is a great idea to make a list of selling points that reaffirms and demonstrates skills, qualifications, and experience.

    Consider: awards, programs/ processes launched that led to cost savings and/or profitability, training/education, etc.

    8. Showcase a Mixture of Personality and Professionalism

    Companies like to make sure that interviewees are a good match for the company culture. Having a good balance of personality and professionalism during a job interview is key.

    Personality can be shown when discussing hobbies, community service or extracurricular activities in answers to behavior-based questions, when describing your passion, and when discussing selling points.

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    9. Have Your Questions Ready- Interviewing Isn’t One-Sided

    Interviews are two-sided, like all relationships (an employee and employer agreement is a type of relationship). Before entering in many relationships, we all have a set of questions that we need answers to, prior to making the decision to commit.

    Beyond doing this for self (because asking questions helps reduce doubt and uncertainty), it also shows the employer that there is interest in the company and its future and, shows that you are informed.

    Here are a few considerations: “Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?”, “Why is this position open?”, and “What qualifications/ skills are important to succeed in this role?” You can also take a look at this guide for more idea: 7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

    10. Follow-up with a Thank You Note

    Interviewers love gratitude. Sending a “thank you for taking the time to discuss the job opening with me”, is very important to acing an interview.

    Interviewers discuss one job opening with many applicants. A thank you note can serve as gratitude and the final chance to showcase selling points. This is also the opportunity to address any concerns that the interviewer may have had in the interview.

    Summing It up

    Consider a job interview a house. the foundation for acing a job interview is passion. The frame is a resume that lands the interview. The plumbing and electrical are showing up with confidence, providing a list of selling points, having examples of your experience and qualifications, and engaging the interviewer. The roof is showing gratitude with a thank you note.

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    Reference

    [1] Jobscan: What is an Applicant Tracking System?
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