Call for Mentors / Upcoming event

From: Barry C.
Sent on: Monday, February 11, 2013 6:13 AM
TLDR

- We have a perfect opportunity to inspire students at our next Meet a Mentor event but are struggling to find mentors that are available
- If we don't get a number of volunteers soon we will have to cancel the event
- This event is the essence of the GDC Meet a Mentor series - inspiring new developers that are thinking about whether or not to get into software
- The same event last year inspired a number of people that were NOT thinking about software to step into it
- One of those students is actually hoping to be a mentor at this event
- Some companies encourage this sort of thing as a form of positive publicity about their community engagement (tweets/blogs etc)
- Please email me directly or sign up on doodle link if you can it Doodle link: http://doodle.com/rkezf9w7xgdpcbtm
- If you are new to the LJC and don't know what I'm talking about then you can watch my lightning talk on the series here: http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/java-jee/meet-a-mentor 


Hi all,

We recently publicised an event to our GDC mentors and unfortunately most of them can not make it so I wanted to appeal to the general LJC list. The event is in a few weeks and if we don't get enough mentors available then we will have to cancel the event.

This time last year we actually kicked off the GDC Meet a Mentor series with this very same event, we had about 12 mentors involved and it was very successful from the Universities perspective. They actually came back to us and asked us to organise another one and have 50 students there that want to get involved. At the time there were some comments about students looking for work outside of development, the mentors that attended actually managed to convert a number of students that were looking outside of software, to come in to the industry, indeed many are now members of the LJC.

This event really is the essence of the GDC MaM series in inspiring more new talent to get into the industry we can have a direct influence on stopping those that are thinking of getting out of development, because they haven't been bitten by the bug yet... and biting them!

I spoke to a few of the mentors from last year who found their companies were happy for them to take the time out because it was giving their company a good name/engaging with community/giving them something to put on the company blog etc. I'm sure this won't be true for all of you, but it may not have been something you'd thought about.

If you personally can't make it but someone in your team can, please consider forwarding it on. 

Venue: This event will be held at Queen Mary, University of London - room information will follow
Date: Monday 25th February
Time: 11:15am

If you are new to the LJC and don't know what the GDC Meet a Mentor is then you can watch my lightning talk on the series here: http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/java-jee/meet-a-mentor 

Thanks guys,
Barry






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