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The industry that’s more than just fun & games

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Adelaide will continue to shake off its conservative label with the announcement of a new digital games development hub to launch in the city. The initiative is expected to create up to 500 jobs, leveraging the fast-growing industry. And the State Government is to be thanked, contributing a $2 million grant.

Nearly $500,000 of this will go to fitting out a collaborative workspace, Game Plus, on Pirie Street. This will be home for select developers, such as Mighty Kingdom.

According to Director Phil Mayes, the space will help his company expand and put South Australia on the front line for gaming development start-ups – positioning Adelaide as a “destination of choice for companies looking to expand or establish themselves in the game industry.”

Mayes believes the hub will be an industry game-changer. With an aggressive growth strategy planned for Mighty Kingdom, Adelaide offers unique advantages to reach global markets. The company currently has 35 staff on the books and plans to look for new workers with a broader skillset.

A significant portion of the funding ($1.3 million) will go towards producing and marketing games in Adelaide, while $200,000 is assigned to develop industry-specific skills and education programs.

So, what kind of people are Mighty Kingdom and other gaming companies looking for?

“We’ve had people successfully transition from the hospitality industry or other adjacent industries like visual effects or defence. I don’t have a degree so I don’t impose that as a requirement,” said Mayes.

A $90 billion industry by 2020.

The games sector is expected to be worth $90 billion within two years. Its year-on-year growth rate is one of the highest in the world. Game developers can capitalise on localising their mobile, social, online, and PC games.

To fully capitalise on this opportunity, the skills of future gaming workers need to be honed. The rapid pace of change means workers need access to ongoing education and training, a space like Game Plus can offer.

In a recent report, Working in Australia’s Digital Games Industry, the importance of certain non-technical skills and on-the-job training are outlined as solutions.

Some of the ways suggested to improve the skilling of games workers include:

  • Courses with student showcases, salons and collaborative classes
  • A meta-organisation that is a single face for game-related programs and researchers
  • Providers considering the main features of courses, recognised as being excellent/best-practice, whether accredited or non-accredited
  • Identifying the range of skill needs for serious games development for possible translation into education provision
  • A Games Education Fund; more incentives for the design of curricula relevant to industry
  • A one-stop online repository and community site for teachers for video games and visual effects educational resource
  • Raising awareness of the video games and visual effects industries in the eyes of STEM and arts graduates
  • An understanding of visual effects, game art, animation, and motion graphics.

Game Plus aims to alleviate identified challenges faced by the industry and provide an industry pathway for new and existing companies. It will be both a hub and national network for digital entrepreneurs to co-locate, share resources, knowledge and opportunities – with support extending to related specialist technology start-ups.

It’s the first of its kind in Adelaide. The city has seen a rise of co-working, collaborative workspaces in the past few years. The Government hopes to see new and emerging start-up gaming companies, all being in the same location. The space will feature three offices and 29 ‘hot desks.’

New industries emerge post-manufacturing, changing SA’s economic landscape.

Confidence in South Australia’s economy is rising, after the decline of one of the state’s leading industries – car manufacturing. Positivity is the highest in the nation and the Government’s funding in the hub is set to drive investment from game developers around Australia and the world. This grant is on the back of the $2 million Future Jobs Fund, Job Accelerator Grant and payroll tax cuts for small business.

Game Plus is the latest in great initiatives to come out of South Australia, and one that’s set to redefine the economic landscape. If you’d like to learn more about the games industry and future job opportunities, please contact Jess Perry at jessica@careerblueprint.com.au.

The Future of AgTech Jobs

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New and emerging job roles are evolving out of the convergence of agricultural practices and technology in global market places and supply chains.  For example, Business Improvement and Transformation Practitioners can bring new ideas into the business including ag and food tech developments.

Managing people, accountabilities and responsibilities is a core capability for leaders in agriculture with Human Resource Managers or Consultants increasingly being appointed as agriculture business expand.  Food processing, product development, packaging design, export and the management of water and the environment provide opportunities for current and future job roles. Read More

Invitation to pose challenges for the #RealDayOut 2017

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You are invited to pose challenges and hosts stops for the Real Day Out where the future workforce, high school students from the Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS), will solve real world problems.

We wish we had something like the Real Day Out when we were at school!

What’s in it for you and the students?

Watch this video to hear about the gems that students uncovered for world leading companies like FCT Flames, who make torches for the Olympic Games, fire and water (impossible) effects, for opening ceremonies and events. Read More

The music industry is evolving… and there are jobs in the future

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Some may think that there are limited job opportunities in the music industry but,

‘The history of music is the history of technology’, according to American composer turned new media artist, Luke DuBois.

There are startups, new technologies and platforms, and plenty of young artists who are ‘self-publishing’ their own art, via social media.  And with the growth of live streaming platforms, it’s becoming more financially lucrative to perform, rather than sell their own music through traditional channels. Read More

$10 million injected into growing STEM talent but where are the females?

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The Australia Government is investing $10 million to get Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) into schools – after recent numbers revealed its demand is growing two times faster than non-stem occupations. The funding is rolling out over the next four years.

With technological advancements eliminating a percentage of current jobs, changes in teaching to arm students with the likely skills for jobs will continue to evolve. Future innovation will require STEM-related knowledge, problem-solving, critical and creative thinking skills, and the ability to work collaboratively, and solve emerging world problems.

But there are worrying statistics that show very few numbers of STEM-qualified women – startup girledworld hope to shape future female leaders.  STEM SISTA, scaling up from South Australia, is a professional development program for girls aiming to demonstrate pathways for young women in STEM related careers. Read More

The on-demand, share economy generating $57.6 billion & new job opportunities

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The on-demand economy is a revolution that’s shifting our buying habits as well as where the jobs are.  Using new technologies, consumers get immediate access to goods and services, which is escalating economic activity and creating opportunities.

This new economy is attracting more than 22.4 million consumers annually and $57.6 billion in spending.  It’s rapidly expanding all over the world, with consumers voting with their feet, responding to the user experience, convenience, and affordability. Read More

Emerging jobs and tips on avoiding skill redundancy

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New jobs, careers, and industries are being introduced by the day, literally.

Recent BRW and Deloitte reports suggest major cultural shifts and an ageing populace in the next 25 years, with a forecast that some industries will boom and some will die.

IT, aged care, tourism, and food processing are a few on the list set to skyrocket.  While technology is evolving fast and we’re seeing more jobs becoming computerised, this is also an exciting time. As a result, there are new job opportunities being introduced. Read More

Adelaide becomes first Internet of Things (IoT) region in Southern Hemisphere

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It seems there’s an app for everything. But with Internet of Things (IoT), interconnectivity is about to explode across a new realm of everyday devices.

Described as the reinvention of the internet to an unprecedented level, a recent report, there will be 35-50 billion connected devices (not smartphones and laptops) by 2020.

IoT will transform our lives and our economy – US $4-11 trillion per year to be exact. From wearable technology like Google (and more recently, Snapchat) glasses to Uber’s autonomous cars, IoT can benefit everyone, especially businesses. Read More

Future-proof your job – understand the impact of automation & tech

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There is much debate and discussion about jobs being taken over through automation, technology and outsourcing.

When new technologies were initially emerging, proactive, intuitive workers were starting their own businesses or broadened their skillset so, there was no job ‘loss’, per se.

But, now, with technology evolving and impacting on everything exponentially – to the point where Artificial Intelligence is being taught to think for themselves the labour market is struggling to keep up. Read More

The hottest jobs in 2017

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In 2017, it’s not all doom and gloom with job cuts and robots taking over, however the quick pace of change through technology now demands the sharpest minds.

There are industries where science, tech and maths is needed, that are booming.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) jobs are growing faster than the economy.  Computer analysts, web developers, software developers, network and computer systems administrators are needed more than ever before.

Industrial engineers, specialised managers in regional locations, medical and health services managers, and registered nurses are also hot on the heels this year. Read More