Gamefully Employed

Gamefully Employed

By: Marianna Adamian | Writer- Work Integrated Learning
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You’re sitting slumped at your desk, waiting for the clock to strike noon so you can finally go on your much needed lunch break.  Imagine, that you take that break by shooting some hoops at your company’s indoor basketball court. Colin Sharp, a Media and Design student at Simon Fraser University, was able to do just that when he completed his third co-operative education work term at EA Sports this past summer.  

Working as a visual designer with the EA Sports Online team, without much web design experience, proved to be challenging at first as the job came with a learning curve.  Colin was up for the challenge, however, and caught on quickly however with help from his supervisor: “I worked closely with my supervisor; we were always bouncing ideas off of one another.”  

With such a supportive work environment, Colin was able to create site “mock-ups” based on EA visual style guidelines, which he then passed down to developers who coded the website.  A memorable highlight from his term was having the opportunity to re-design the user interaction for a mobile game app.  

“The energy on the [EA] campus is fantastic!” praised Colin.  With a full-size indoor basketball court, a huge out-door soccer field and social outings, EA is a happening place to work.  “There is a big stress on work-life balance; if you work late one or two days, you can come in later the next day or take a longer break at lunch” says Colin.  EA also maintains social programs specially designed for co-op students, which include activities like hiking The Chief in Squamish, or Colin’s favourite: paintballing!

In regards to his future career path, Colin believes that his time with EA Sports has boosted his confidence in being able to find a job in an exciting industry.  Working for a company the size of EA Sports is an amazing opportunity, and looks great on any aspiring web designer’s resume.

Posted on November 04, 2011
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