Pixelles Career Accelerator / Accélérateur de carrière Pixelles

Are you a woman (cis/trans) who has been working in the game industry for 5 or more years, and want to advance in your workplace? Pixelles’ Career Accelerator aims to augment your support networks and promote knowledge exchange with a select group of your industry peers. This group will meet monthly in Montreal for 6 months or more (depending on the size of the group), presented by Motive Studios EA and facilitated in coordination with Gamma HR.

Quotes from past participants:

“Now I don’t feel like I’m alone. For me this feels like armour, like I’m stronger and more confident.”

“My new job was overwhelming and these sessions helped prepare me to communicate what I want. For me it was very good.”

“I didn’t know what to expect but it’s been great to have so many different perspectives from other roles. It’s really been amazing.”

We’d love to work with you to grow your career, and celebrate your work thus far. Applications are due by midnight February 16th, so apply now!

If you like, join us for an info session to ask your questions and meet the coordinators! Attending the info session is not required.
Info Session time: Tuesday February 11 at 6:30pm
Info Session place: Motive Studios EA, 2200 Stanley St, 6th floor

Questions? If the below FAQs don’t help, you are welcome to send questions or suggestions to info@pixelles.ca

Who is this for?
What will we do?
Where and when?
Why only women?
Why 5+ years experience?
I can’t afford it…
Apply now!


Who is this for?

Any women (cis/trans) who:

  • have worked for 5 or more years professionally, full-time
  • are employed by companies with 8 or more employees. All roles are welcome (whether production or auxiliary roles such as QA, community management, marketing, user research, etc)


What will we do?

We will use the co-development technique, innovated here in Quebec! Your group will meet and use a structure of problem-solving in order to improve their professional practice. Sometimes there are exercises or discussion topics, all so participants can help each other manage and overcome challenges they encounter regularly on the job. After two successful years running similar programs, we believe this technique is appropriate and helpful to women looking for assistance with their game development career.


Where and when?

Every meeting is approximately 2 hours in downtown Montreal, once a month, for 6 months, starting in March (tentative). We will find a weekday evening that works for everyone (if possible) and provide light snacks to hold you over until dinner. It’s important that all members attend every meeting, since the co-development process requires steady building of trust and confidence.


Why only women?

Burnout and churn in game development is notoriously high, for all genders, but it may be even higher for all non-masculine genders, and particularly women of color. The purpose of Pixelles is to empower women to create and change games. Thus, this program will stick very closely to our experience and expertise, focusing on the needs of women at present, with the hopes to grow over time to potentially include more gender identities.


Why 5+ years of experience?

Women across the industry experience burnout, isolation, and every other struggle — however, the struggles of new hires and juniors are different, with different setbacks and strategies. This program is meant to address the greatest need in our Montreal community at present, which (according to our information gathering) is primarily represented in larger companies. If this program continues to be successful, we hope to create additional groups, representing different needs.


I can’t afford it…

The program is free, and we offer stipends for childcare and travel (parking or public transit) to those in need.


Application

Deadline: February 16, 2020 @ 11:59pm EST
Application link:

https://forms.gle/zQaoz9yzkGgYPynU8

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