At Archiact, we’re proud supporters of #WomenInTech. We couldn’t be happier that over one third of our entire workforce is women - from our whole finance team to multiple game designers and software engineers. We think that’s pretty awesome - especially since only 23% of workers in the gaming industry are female and only 26% of computing jobs are held by women.
We’d love to introduce you to the fabulous women who work at Archiact and who help make things run a bit more smoothly around here (we think you’ll love them just as much as we do!).
First up? We are so excited for you to meet Sarah Roland - one of Archiact’s 3D Generalists.
What project(s) are you currently working on?
I'm on the MobileVR team, so I’ve been working on Hidden Fortune!
What do you love most about working in VR?
I love how challenging it is to make something in an unexplored design space. Especially since we're working with phones, we have to keep everything really efficient and purposeful.
What three words would you use to describe a typical work day?
Collaboration, exploration, explosions
What is your biggest achievement to date - professional or personal?
Achieving a healthy work/life balance. I can still pursue personal life goals while accomplishing good work professionally.
What is your personal mantra or motto?
Treat everyone with respect. When you’re meeting someone for the first time, you don’t know who they are or what their struggle is, but it’s probably very different from your own. In my experience, everyone's worth knowing. I think this is doubly important in our small, tight-knit games industry.
Do you have any advice that you would like to share with young women aspiring to work in the technology field?
Stand up for yourself and understand that you're worth a lot. People will generally point you out, or make jokes, which can feel a little alienating at times. It's important to have a strong understanding of who you are to counter what people say or at least roll comments off your back.
What are some of the challenges that you have faced in this industry?
I’ve often felt a need to prove myself as someone who belongs in the industry. Whether that’s my own personal failing or something a lot of people feel, I can’t say. There have been times when I’ve had to really fight for certain opportunities.
Just for fun! If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you bring with you?
A distiller, a satellite phone, and a close friend
What is your favourite VR game?
Probably Space Pirate Trainer or Audioshield, I need to get out and play more honestly.