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Meet A Mentor - University College London

Meet a Mentor at University College 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 our third event 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.

Here are a few of the Mentors that you can expect to meet:

John Patrick is a Java Contractor, graduated from Bournemouth University, 2:i BSc (Hons) Computer in 2003. His placement year was spent using Microsoft Embedded technologies but since then has focused on Java. Currently working as a lead java resource within RBS in Angel, previous Friends Life, London Cycle Hire and before that several secure government projects.

Martin Anderson is currently a Software Architect at Betfair, Martin has worked in online media, banking, trading and gambling. His career path was not a typical one since he started out in the 'wetware' subject of physiology and it wasn't until his PhD which saw him performing automated analysis of EEG's that led him to focus on programming rather than clinical research. Primarily a technologist, he is concerned with two things: getting the job done and doing it the right way.

Emily Green is a Haskell (+ a bit of JavaScript) developer for a young startup. In the past she has also worked in finance as a Java developer. She's currently based in Berlin.

Trisha Gee is a developer at LMAX Exchange, a financial exchange in London. She's been working in financial markets for the last 6 years or so, but a fear of boredom and healthy amount of job-hopping before then has given her a wide breadth of experience, in a range of industries, over the 10+ years she's been a professional developer. She started programming aged 8 in the old-school world of BBC BASIC, but found learning Java at university a totally different kettle of fish. Currently trying to get her head around low-latency, high performance coding whilst also keeping her fingers in the other pies LMAX has to offer, such as continuous delivery and agile. Trisha is heavily involved in the London Java Community and the Graduate Developer Community, she believes we shouldn't all have to make the same mistakes again and again.

John Stevenson - Having done most jobs in the IT world, John has many tails of joys and sorrow. He is currently coaching teams in effective practices, helping build communities for fun & profit, and discovering Clojure by trying to teach others the joy of functional programming - http://blog.jr0cket.co.uk
Graham Lyons is a web developer working with PHP, Java, Javascript, Apache and Varnish amongst other things. Graham works for the BBC building the bits that other teams use to create exciting products.

Mike Burton has a BSc in Computer Science degree from Loughborough University (1981). The degree included 1 year working as a trainee at  a medium sized software house, Systime. After graduation Mike worked at Systime for a further 18 months, gaining a lot of good coal-face/ seat-of-the-pants experience. Mike then spent 18 months at another software house BIS, leading a small team.

From '84 Mike spent 5 years contracting, before starting his own consultancy business. This involves concurrent activities on projects for a variety of clients:
- Developing software, usually fixed-price projects, covering the entire lifecycle.
- Consultancy
- Training

Since 2004 Mike has worked with Java, JSF, Hibernate, JBoss Seam, Spring, Swing and related technologies (Maven, Ant, SQL, JDBC...) plus some PHP and Unix/ web-hosting.
Mike's "Community work" involves giving talks to various IT groups, and recent involvement with the Apache Isis OSS project.

Graham Lyons is a web developer working with PHP, Java, Javascript, Apache and Varnish amongst other things. Graham works for the BBC building the bits that other teams use to create exciting products.

Alex Florescu studied Computer Science at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and graduated in 2010 ""magna cum laude"" with a Bachelor of Science and then in 2011 with a Masters of Science.
Alex has done academic research with a focus on ""end-to-end verifiable voting systems"" and accessible voting systems. During his university years, Alex was also a participant and later a coach for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.
Alex now works as a software developer for Goldman Sachs.

Kim Ross is a server side games developer, architect & manager who designed and built the server platform for the BAFTA award winning game, Monstermind.  She loves scalability challenges and playing with new technologies.

Richard Conroy has been slinging code of various quality for over a decade now. Big systems, embedded systems, hideously broken systems, seat of the pants projects, epic waterfalls and the occasional well done project. Education, particularly self-education and peer education was instrumental - learning Java 15 years ago got him started, and learning Ruby 5 years ago kept career options open when the economy tanked. Its been a strange career path and he has some non-conventional wisdom to impart onto anyone thinking of pursuing a career in this industry.

Directions and location information:

Venue: University College London - The evening will take place in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences buildings which are situated on the corner of Torrington Place and Malet Street, and only a short walk from King’s Cross,  Euston, Russell Square and Goodge Street stations.

Meeting point: Please meet at the entrance of the Roberts Building, Malet Place, just off Torrington Place. There is a map you can use at the bottom of this webpage http://www.engineering.ucl.ac.uk/contact/

Tube: Russell Square – Piccadilly Line, King’s Cross St Pancras - Northern (Bank Branch),  Piccadilly,  Victoria,  Hammersmith & City,  Circle,  and Metropolitan Lines, Euston – Northern (Charing Cross and Bank Branches),  and Victoria Lines, Goodge Street – Northern Line

 


 

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  • Anji C.

    If you enjoyed this event, we have set up another one for Weds 3rd Oct at Queen Mary, University of London. We have totally different mentors along so come along and ask any questions you didn't ask the first time http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/82201742/

    September 24, 2012

  • Anji C.

    If you enjoyed this event, we have set up another one for 20th September at UCL. We have totally different mentors along so come along and ask any questions you didn't ask the first time http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/74852132/

    September 11, 2012

  • Anji C.

    If you enjoyed this event, we have set up another one for 20th September at UCL. We have totally different mentors along so come along and ask any questions you didn't ask the first time http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/74852132/

    September 11, 2012

  • Anji C.

    If you enjoyed this Meet a Mentor event, we have set up another one for Weds 27th June at UCL. We have totally different mentors along so come along and ask any questions you didn't ask the first time http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/65824272/

    June 1, 2012

  • Andrius

    The Meatup was excellent as a first year student I've got tons of information on what I should be doing.

    April 27, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Hope you had a great time, if you would like to follow up on this session then please come along to our next Developer Sessions event which will be held on: Tuesday 15th May, sign up here http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/56638372/

    April 27, 2012

  • Paul T.

    Great mentors as usual. Very friendly, helpful and down to earth.

    April 27, 2012

  • Anji C.

    More Mentors confirmed: Mike Burton, Graham Lyons, Alex Florescu, Kim Ross and Richard Conroy - see event listing for bios!

    April 18, 2012

  • Anji C.

    5 confirmed Mentors added - John Patrick, Martin Anderson, Emily Green, Trisha Gee, John Stevenson and Graham Lyons. Bios viewable on event page - http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/58387482/ - don't forget to reserve your place. Thanks, Anj

    April 12, 2012

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