This has really made my year and now means that I have managed to achieve two massive targets from my 2013 art goals (original post here). The studying, networking and general hard work has paid off; my foot is in the door and my career has begun!
With real drive, dedication and passion for improving your skills (with a sprinkling of luck), you can achieve your goals too.
Here's to a long and successful career in the games industry! :)