Originally Posted by Xypherous
I'll be blunt though: I got lucky - I applied for Riot online and got in after a series of harrowing interviews. I had a lot of previous modding experience but none of it was real or official.
here, i'll rephrase this to be a little more clear:
no employer really, honestly cares what education you have or what unrelated work you have done. people want to hire intelligent, pleasant people. nothing else matters except those two features; you can learn whatever fiddly technical details are needed which are specific to your new job. the only purpose of a portfolio (whether you're an artist, designer, programmer, whatever) is to prove that you're intelligent and pleasant while presenting it.