What was your first job in the gaming industry?
Programmer, mainly tools. In the early days with a small team you had to be a mutli-discipline person so I also did client and server programming as well.
Did you find it difficult to get your first job given that you had no prior experience?
My first attempts at trying to break into the industry as a programmer were very tough. I wasn't even considered. Knowing someone, a content developer at the time, was how I got my foot in the door. That made all the difference.
What sort of training or education did you complete in advance of applying for your first position?
College degree in computer science, and I played more games than I probably should have. :)
What is your job today?
Producer for General Gameplay Development at Zenimax Online Studios
For someone interested in starting a career in making games today, what is the main piece of advice you would offer them?
Don't lift your nose up at any position that gets your foot in the door. Do that job and do it to the best of your abilities with enthusiasm. It gets noticed in this industry and gets rewarded.