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Meet A Mentor - Queen Mary, University of London

Meet A Mentor - Queen Mary, University of London

Have you always wondered what you want to do when you graduate? 
Are you worried about all the talk of grads finding it hard to find work and what it will mean for you? 
Do you want to know the difference between working in a bank, a gaming company or a startup? 
What technology should you specialise in? Java, Ruby or any of the other countless programming languages? 

Now is the chance to find out. You may well have heard the buzz about the Meet a Mentor events - this is the next in a series of events open to all students. 

This is a chance for you to meet a variety of senior developers currently working in the industry; you will get a chance to listen to their stories and even ask them questions. It will be a 'speed dating' style event in groups of 5-8 with each mentor having 10-15 minutes to tell their story and share their experiences in the industry. We have an amazing line up on presenters, everything from startups to the financial and media industrys, open source enthusiasts, senior developers, entrepreneurs and CTOs. You will also find an experienced recruiter who will be able give you advice and answer your questions regarding your career options, the software industry, job applications and different job positions.

Sign up now to be guaranteed a place at this event. 

Directions and location information:


At previous events GDC members have found this venue/particular room hard to find.

This event is being held in the Francis Bancroft Building - Room Number - FB 1.13.

Please see this map for further information (the building is numbered 26 on this map)

The actual signs at the building will say 'Bancroft' building only rather than Francis Bancroft.

Directions -

From Mile End Station you will need to turn left out of the station and then continue for 5 mins approx. up the Mile End Road and then cross over the road to the QM campus and go into the East Gate.  This is the first entrance to QM you come to when coming from the direction of Mile End Tube.  Continue straight on up Westfield Way for a couple of minutes and then bear left at the Curve cafe.  The Bancroft Building is on your right (number 26 on the map).

Informal discussion and networking to continue at: Drapers Bar, QMUL Students' Union -

Event organised by the awesome folk at RecWorks - check out the blog here:

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  • Anji C.

    One final mentor:

    Brendan Taylor currently works for BBC Worldwide as a SQL developer and is involved in reporting and analysing royalty and sales data. He completed his studies at the Univerisity of Johannesburg, South Africa and with 5 years commerical experience, Brendan has worked in the financial, shipping and media industries.

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Stephen Lake is a technologist who has been having adventures designing low latency / high performance software architectures in various sectors for more than a decade. Stephen is an engineer at heart, valuing elegant design and good discipline. Currently leading the replacement of an Investment Bank's low latency pricing engine; This system will be capable of pricing 20,000 financial instruments 30 times a second with max latency of 20ms.
    Past sectors include retail, work management, car design and industrial lasers.
    Stephen is a very keen cyclist & skier, dabbles with sport climbing and rings church bells, writing the leading software for church bells in his spare time.

    and finally..

    Nicholas Ung: Recent BSc Computer Science graduate from Queen Mary with First Class Honours. Completed a placement year during third year of university at M&G Investments. Currently on a 12 month graduate scheme at IG Group as a trainee developer.

    November 25, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Mark Woodbridge develops data management tools for systems biology and bioinformatics. Mark completed a BA in Computer Science and an MPhil in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology at Clare College, Cambridge before working in the University's Department of Genetics as a software developer. He joined Imperial College in 2008 to build software for the management and integration of the data generated by the experimental biologists and computational modellers in systems biology. He is now a member of the Bioinformatics Support Service, which is part of the Centre for Integrative Systems Biology and Bioinformatics (CISBIO).

    November 25, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Confirmed mentors: Stephen Masters: Having developed web applications since the late 90s, Steve now operates as a solutions architect / developer specialising in web applications and service oriented architecture for foreign exchange and money markets. Most of Steve's recent experience has involved working with the Java, Spring & Hibernate stack and building business rules systems using Drools.

    Dafydd James graduated from Cambridge University in 2003 and has spent the last ten years working as a software developer, consultant and architect for companies such as Yahoo! and Betfair. He is currently CTO of Kusiri, an enterprise search company providing products and services to the financial services sector.

    More to follow..

    November 25, 2013

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