Princethorpe Pupils Gain First-hand Insight Into Computer Games Industry

Over 30 Princethorpe pupils, plus their parents and staff enjoyed a dedicated talk from Computer Games industry expert Roisi Proven on Thursday 25 January.

Roisi has spent over seven years working in the Computer Games industry both in Quality Assurance and Design, and is now Head of Product Delivery for a media company. She was invited in to the College to speak on her experience of working in the industry and technology sector generally, and her talk covered topics as diverse as the different games she has worked on, why there aren’t more women in the industry, why having people skills is so vital, the role of creativity, psychology and intuition in creating games, and the different routes available into the sector.

Roisi also spent time in her career as an Agile Project Manager and in the lead up to her talk, pupils spent the afternoon undertaking team challenges and considering the ways in which they could apply Agile Project Management techniques when working. Agile Project Management focuses on tools and techniques to help organisations and teams focus on continuous improvement, flexibility and team input to ensure delivery of essential quality products. Pupils were then given the task of creating their own computer game concepts and presenting their final ideas to Roisi later in the evening.

Year 10 pupil James Lee commented, “The afternoon session was really useful. We had to think about how to communicate with each other well and assign roles to reach our end goals.”

He continued, “Roisi’s talk was great too. It was interesting to find out that there are people who studied different subjects such as Engineering and Maths who work in the sector as well.”

Fellow Year 10 pupil Oliver Lyons added, “It was fascinating finding out about Roisi’s experiences and how important the effort you put in to your job, and your own willpower can be.”

Head of ICT and Computer Science Adam Depledge concluded, “We’re hugely grateful to Roisi for taking the time to visit us in January. It’s brilliant that we can provide pupils with opportunities like these and help them to consider the different skills needed for career paths in the sector, and beyond.”