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Samantha Harris
BSc (Hons) Game and Interactive Media Design
2010
Full Time

  

 

It was a big decision to go to university. I’m dyslexic and was always told early on in life I would not make much of myself but I wanted to prove people wrong.

Wrexham Glyndwr University was the first place that really gave me support with my dyslexia. Graduating was probably my proudest moment.

I studied Game and Interactive Media Design at the university until 2010. I then started my ‘dream job’ as a designer in Manchester – commuting every day. I soon decided that I wanted to set up my own business.
I got a part-time job cleaning, it wasn’t glamorous but it paid the bills. I started the Go Wales – Access to ILM course, which gave me the basic business management information I needed to set up my business.

I was granted Princes Trust funding and a business mentor to help set up my business, which launched in 2012. The mentor was brilliant and more valuable to the business than the funding. But it wasn’t plain sailing. I found a business partner but despite putting no money into it he became a 24 per cent share holder and I had to buy him out and resolve bad advice.

After the first few months of starting the business it hit rock bottom as I was working hard on designs but not gaining more clients. I joined the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) which helped turn my business around within weeks.

I also became a mum just after launching the firm, and had to learn how to balance family life and work as a self-employed mum. I actually went into labor in the studio as I was working so hard. But I learnt how to balance life as my little girl was very poorly when she was born, so I learnt how to juggle family and business. Now my little girl runs around in the office and I love having her there, children can be so creative. I’m so lucky I’m self-employed and I can have my daughter with me.

Discover more information about our BSc (Hons) Computer Game Development Course or for more information about our range of courses within The School of Applied Science, Computing and Engineering, please visit the school page.

 

 

 

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