Aardvark urges games industry to hire more graduates

Aardvark urges games industry to hire more graduates

By Ed Fear

July 17th 2007 at 11:59AM

Recruitment agency's graduate placement plans continue to build

Aardvark Swift Recruitment is calling upon UK games developers to be more open to recruiting graduates.

The agency has been ramping up its graduate recruitment department over the past two years, seeing university leavers as the solution to the recruitment crisis currently facing the games industry.

This has involved an increased investment in its graduate team and the development of a two-year strategy to increase the number of graduate placements made. Its effort is appearing to pay off, with more graduates placed in the first half of 2007 than in the whole of 2006.

“We’ve campaigned consistently for studios to consider taking talented newcomers, especially at a time when there is such a shortage of experienced coders,” explained Lisa Corbett, graduate recruiter at Aardvark Swift.

“We realised quickly that we needed to raise the standard and relevance of the graduate applications - so we sought out graduates from the most relevant courses, with the highest possible grades and then we helped them tailor their experience, CVs and job applications.”

Corbett concluded: “We know we can place more graduates into the UK games industry and intend building on the relationships we have already put in place. We still have a large number of talented graduates who are looking to get into the industry.”