In elementary school, when asked about our dream career, most of us probably said: ‘I want to be a vet, or ‘I want to be a dancer’, or even ‘I want to be a mangaka’ (also known to the rest of the world as a manga artist). Why? Simply because we loved it. We loved animals, or we loved to dance, or we loved to draw. To our young and innocent eyes, work was something to brought us to the pinnacle of joy and happiness. And yet, why can so little grown-ups say the same for their careers? I think that it all comes down to what your passion is, and whether the company you work for ignites that passion.
For me, Magmic sure did. Magmic, founded in 2002, is a mobile game publishing and developing company based in Ottawa. I still vividly remember the first day when I walked up to my boss’ office, imagining what exactly they’d planned for me to do. I knew I’d been assigned to the marketing team of course, but then again, I barely even knew what marketing was. I saw the cubicles we passed by and secretly hoped that I wouldn’t be sitting in front of a computer all day, doing ‘office work’ (while slowly decaying away). But something that Jonathan (aka marketing boss) said stuck with me. He said that Magmic was a pretty ‘chill’ office, that we worked hard and played hard. And indeed, he was right. Not only did I learn the basics of marketing (LTV, eCPM, conversion rates, ad fatigue) within the first two weeks, I also learned to play foosball (I didn’t even know it was called foosball until then). Magmic, to my great surprise, was nothing like ‘office work’, not because we never sat in front of the computer, but because, unlike ‘office jobs’, it was fun. Imagine a day filled with games, foosball matches, and laughter. When I told my SHAD friend about it, she refused to believe me (‘your job is to play games!?’ she’d ask).
Anyway, I guess what I’m trying to say is ‘love your work, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life’.
P.S: FYI, my job is not just to ‘play games’, I also collect data from ad platforms, create graphs, use social media for marketing etc.