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Meet A Mentor - University College London

  • Jun 27, 2012 · 6:30 PM
  • University College London (UCL)

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 fourth 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.

After event refreshments at 'Hotel Ibis' are being kindly sponsored by 10gen

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

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.

Alex Florescu studied Computer Science at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he received a "magna cum laude" Bachelor of Science in 2010 and a Masters of Science in 2011. Alex has done 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. You can follow his ramblings on his blog at or on twitter @flor3scu.

Samir Talwar is a developer that's very focused on doing things the "right" way—building software that is a joy to use as well as simple to develop and maintain. Samir has been in the financial industry for a year and a half, but before that, was freelancing as a web developer throughout sixth form and university.

Craig Silk is a software engineer working at a development house in London where he works on large ecommerce platforms for companies such as 02. Previous to this he took a year out of University to work as an intern at Accenture building a large order management system for Vodafone, after finishing university he rejoined Accenture as a contractor where he managed the continuous integration and build systems for a project at Virgin Media. Craig is a strong advocate of open source technology and its use both at home and in the workplace. He firmly believes that open source involvement, internships and networking are a powerful combination that make graduates stand out from the crowd and helps ensure success when looking for well paid and technically challenging work after University. Craig plans to start a part time masters degree in Computer Science towards the end of the year.

Chris Lord is a mobile platform engineer, working at Mozilla on Firefox Mobile. His previous experience includes working at a start-up on open source, mobile-focused user interfaces, and working at Intel's Open Source Technology Centre.

Directions and location information:

Venue: University College London - The evening will take place in 3 rooms (Foster Court 101, 130 and 215).

Foster Court is found in Malet Place, off Torrington Place, WC1E 6BT. Turn into Malet Place opposite Waterstones, walk through the big gates and Foster Court is about 50 metres on the right. The rooms should be fairly easy to find.

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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

After the event: We will head to 'Hotel Ibis - London, Euston, St Pancras' -3 Cardington Street, London, NW1 2LW - for networking and further informal discussion.

After event refreshments at 'Hotel Ibis' are being kindly sponsored by 10gen

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  • Anji C.

    If you enjoyed this Meet A Mentor evening, we have set up another one at King's College London on 30th October @18:30. We have totally different mentors along so come along and ask any questions you didn't ask the first time

    October 10, 2012

  • 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

    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

    September 11, 2012

  • Barry C.

    Hope you had a great time at the last MaM event, 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: tomorrow night, 17th July at 18:30, sign up here

    July 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time. Enjoyed meeting the grads and the mentors.

    July 8, 2012

  • Paul T.

    Best one so far! The mentors were great, personable and all had a lot to say in terms of advice and sharing their stories.

    July 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a good even, I hope people found some value in what I had to say. I certainly got a lot out of it myself.

    Also, thank you to anyone that let me lecture them about Enaction and Sensory Substitution.

    Lastly, no one demanded a copy of my mini Business Card/QRCode Android App (made specially for the event), but you can get yourself a copy by pointing any android device's browser to this link: Cheers!


    June 29, 2012

  • Anji C.

    More photos from the Meet A Mentor event, at UCL this week, now viewable on our new Meet A Mentor page - please like -

    June 29, 2012

  • Hio L.

    Very useful event, would recommend this to any student.

    June 28, 2012

  • Richard C.

    @Craig if you do write it up, post the link here. I have come pretty close to writing up my own thoughts on this too.

    June 28, 2012

  • Craig S.

    Last nights event was throughly enjoyable. As a mentor, it was really good to share my experiences with other people looking to start out in the same industry. I promised a few people that I would do a write up of a few things that were spoken about which I will do in the next few days (will probably make it into a blog post). I'd also like to echo Barry's thanks to 10gen for providing the refreshments and to UCL and the UCL TechSoc for providing a brilliant venue and help organising the event.

    June 28, 2012

  • Barry C.

    Great night! Thanks to all the mentors, 10gen for the refreshments, UCL for the venue and UCL TechSoc for assisting with the organisation. http://recworks is proud to have organised another Meet a Mentor event and hope you all had a great time.

    June 28, 2012

  • Richard C.

    I have been to a few as a Mentor, and the graduates get a lot out of it. We see many of the same kinds of questions being asked at each table and at each event. They get answered really well too - there is a huge range of experience that attends these events.

    June 27, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Hi Subda, You might find this blog post useful. It was written by Fatos Ismali and outlines his experience of the Meet A Mentor sessions -

    Definitely worth coming along :)


    June 27, 2012

  • Samantha h.

    I think its definitely worth going. I've been to almost everyone and think each time its been really beneficial!!! Hope I see you there

    June 27, 2012

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