Gamers Get the Jobs

It’s No Surprise that Video Gaming Helps Develop Marketable Skills.

Here is rather surprising information about the benefits of gaming. This appeared in theToronto Globe & Mail:  “‘Companies are placing greater value on workers who are well-versed in Internet games,’ states an associate with IBM’s Institute for Business Value. ‘Businesses are becoming internationally distributed, the pace of change is quicker, and there is additional data to handle, which are all challenges that Internet gamers have to meet to help their virtual teams succeed. The leadership characteristics that make individuals successful in gaming make them successful in heading business groups as well.’”

Such qualities include:

>> being able to bring a large number of people together in a highly sophisticated network for the purpose of attaining a goal;

>> self-direction and interest in acquiring new skills and espousing new roles;

>> openness in taking risks and learning from mistakes;

>> collaboration skills and the ability to influence other people on the team;

>> ability to locate strengths and drawbacks in the company; and

>> excellent communication skills.

I can’t help but wonder if my company’s job postings should now include: “High proficiency and several years of experience playing video games.”

—Jenna Sweeney is president of CramerSweeney Instructional Design, Moorestown, N.J.  (www.cramersweeney.com). The company provides professional instructional design services, customized corporate training materials and custom e-learning solutions.

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