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The Next Normal Episode 4 – Esports

Join Chris Webb and Helen Armitage from the Careers and Employability Service @SheffHallamUni for another foray into the world of work, as told by Covid-19.

This week, we welcome Scott Parkin, SHU Graduate and Competition Operations Manager for Call of Duty at Activision Blizzard, to the (virtual booth), where we discuss Scott’s global Esports career journey, the way the sector has developed in the past decade and whether the popularity of Esports could increase further in a time where traditional sports are struggling to open to spectators.

The New Normal is back for Season 2 – new title, same topical content and even more fantastic guests! Further Reading/Listening:

Activision Blizzard

Riot Games

Meltdown Bar, Sheffield

British Esports Association Website

FE News – New qualifications are at the forefront of Esports

Redcrest Careers – Careers in Gaming Top Tips

BBC News – Call of Duty: The twins who ‘stole’ grandad’s internet now playing for millions

High Score – Netflix Documentary

Puck Soup Podcast

The Blades Podcast

Our Presenters:

Helen Armitage – A Senior Employability Adviser for the College of Social Sciences and Arts at Sheffield Hallam University. Helen leads on the Hallam Career Mentoring Scheme and primarily supports the department of Art and Design with in-curriculum careers delivery.

Chris Webb – An Employability Adviser at Sheffield Hallam University, Chris supports the Gradvantage programme for final year students and graduates, as well as collaborating with the College of Business, Technology and Engineering on in-curriculum careers delivery.

Our Guests:

Scott Parkin – A former BSc Web Information  Systems and Services student at Sheffield Hallam University, since graduating in 2008, Scott has undertaken a global career journey through the Esports industry, spanning roles in Dublin, Cologne and LA with SK Gaming, Riot Games and Activision Blizzard, encompassing Journalism, Team Management, Esports Coordination and Competition Operations Management. Scott is currently the Competition Operations Manager for the Call of Duty League at Activision Blizzard in LA and is enthusiastic about supporting current SHU students to explore opportunities within the Esports and Video Game sectors.

If you are interested in any of the discussion points raised in this podcast or have suggestions for future podcast episodes or guest speakers, please contact Chris or Helen on LinkedIn!

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