All of North Hertfordshire College’s IT and Computing, Networking & Design students visited the EGX Gaming Convention at Excel London in September.
During the visit, our students were able to try out a variety of video games and take part in some eSports and gaming competitions. The students had fun testing their skills and exploring the latest developments in the gaming industry, and even getting to playtest some upcoming game releases.
As well as being a fun trip to launch the new academic year, the trip also helped highlight the possibilities of gaming as a career path. The UK video games market was worth £1.76 billion in 2021, and the number of people supported by the UK gaming industry is over 78,000 in full-time equivalent jobs. The gaming sector is therefore an increasingly popular career choice, with lots of technical and creative roles available for gaming enthusiasts.
Our students were certainly inspired by their visit to the convention; Jake Shaw (one of our Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT students) described the event as “a gamer’s dream”, with Cameron Murphy (Level 2 Computing Diploma) adding that it was “a creative place filled with intelligent minds.”
Rakhee Shah, Deputy Head of the IT Curriculum at North Hertfordshire College, said: “The students had a great time at the convention: they were able to play games, chat with people who work in the gaming business and learn just how big and important the gaming industry is. Our own IT curriculum here at the College includes game development, coding, and programming to provide our students with the background they need for a career in this expanding industry. We are training the future gaming gurus of the world!”
If you’re interested in exploring a career in the Computing, Networking & Design industry, be sure to check out North Hertfordshire College’s Computing courses!