If you really want to get into the game development business you need to have a plan set out and stick to it.
If your like me you would have watched a lot of other game dev's talk about how they got into the game's industry. Most of the videos I have seen the programmer of a game usually wanted to be a software programmer. The artist just wanted to design and draw thing for other companies. Thanks to computers we now have potential future jobs. The artist gets to design entire worlds and programmers add the players and allow them to do a set quest in that world. With tech evolving all the time I think in the near future a game will give us another life to live, kind of like the Avatar movie and with 3d finding itself in a lot of new games we should prepair for a world far more fun and entertaining and more importantly real.
By watching other's in the industry I think we have a lot more to discover. As for getting into the industry we have to study hard at school, harder at university and even harder at home. Almost everything I know is because of trial and error at home. It takes time to learn so give it the time and you will learn. If your thinking of quiting school and making your part time job a full time job don't because if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything(yes, stolen from back to the future but it is true).
If you know a little about c++ try Ogre3D. It is a game development engine and will help you make your games.
It stands for Object Graphic Rendering Engine. Heres the link. http://www.ogre3d.org/
If you master this you have a very bright future ahead of you. Before I started doing Ogre3D work I was using YoyoGames Game Maker which is perfect for a beginner without any knowledge on Game Development.
I think that is about it so watch how others started out work hard use Game Maker from YoyoGames and learn Ogre3D in c++ and you will be more than ready to start university. You could probably just apply for the job somewhere.
Thanks for reading this post, should be more to come.