As far as extra curricular activities go, one might expect certain partnerships between a love of geek culture and employment opportunities. Chemistry nerds might become great pharmacists. Fantasy sports players might become excellent bookees. Magic The Gathering players might be just really good at wasting their parents money. But what of the D&D player?
Well, surprisingly enough, Dungeon Masters may fight right in for the project management crowd. Between having to deal with sets of instructions to a group of people from different races and backgrounds, and having the capability of just making everything up on the fly, it’s easy to see how quickly a DM might be able to fit into a project management position.
Have you ever had to DM a party working it’s way up to Tiamat and fighting a dragon horde? Well, you know exactly what that corporate ladder feels like and how to navigate around possible traps and questions that could lead to you losing the project.
Did one of your team members die? Well, once you and the company get back from their wake, you might remember just how to rebuild a party from Dungeons And Dragons campaigns that had people abruptly leave to take care of things like “the kids” and “I have to answer this, I’m still on-call from work, you know?”
Resource management, arguments, racial incompatibilities; these are all things you will have to face both in pen and paper RPGs as well as the corporate, project management structure. So, next time you’re wondering about what you should put on a resume, for the life of you, please don’t include Pokemon card playing or your stamp collection, but you might want to let them know about your DM skills.