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Meet A Mentor - King's College London

Meet a Mentor at King's 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 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:

This event is being held in the Council Room, on the 2nd floor of the King's Building, Strand Campus. Here is an internal map which shows you the location - http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/download/KBLevel2forweb.pdf

Please also see this Google map showing where the campus is: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/strand/StrandCampusLocation.aspx

There will be a plasma screen in reception showing information about the event and where to go. Also there will be someone at the reception desk who will be able to direct you where the Council Room is.

The nearest Tube is Temple, or Charing Cross is also near. There's a webpage with very detailed info about buses, tubes, trains etc here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/di....

Informal drinks will be held at The Waterfront Bar. The Waterfront is KCLSU’s bar on the Strand Campus - http://www.kcl.ac.uk/virtualtour/strandcampus/strandcampuswaterfrontbar.aspx (map on this link)

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  • Anji C.

    If you enjoyed this event, we have set up another one for Thurs 3rd Oct at King's. 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/140737202/

    Spread the word!

    Thanks! Anj

    September 25, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Hi all, If you enjoyed this Meet a Mentor evening, we have set up another one next Tuesday (4/12) at Middlesex Uni. 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/92001002/

    Please pass on to anyone else you feel may be interested in attending.

    Thanks,

    Anj

    November 30, 2012

  • Anji C.

    If you enjoyed this Meet A Mentor evening, we have set up another one for Tuesday 27th November 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/90504962/

    November 15, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Hi all, John Stevenson, who mentored at this event has written a blog post about his experiences as a mentor:

    http://blog.jr0cket.co.uk/2012/11/developer-mentors-invade-kings-college_1.html

    He hopes you find it interesting and hopes to see you at another Meet A Mentor event soon!

    Anj

    November 2, 2012

  • Anji C.

    If you enjoyed this MaM event, we have set up another one for 7/11 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/87362622/

    November 1, 2012

  • Richard C.

    Great event, though as a mentor, I was pretty wrecked after running the gauntlet of 6 tables on my own (basically a huge turnout of graduates).

    October 31, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Hi everyone, I 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 20th November, sign up here http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/85660152/

    Thanks,

    Anj

    October 31, 2012

    • Krasimira T.

      Great meeting, staff, mentor and people. Thank you.

      2 · October 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I gained a lot from this meet up and found the selection mentor's here tonight were excellent and came from a great variety of backgrounds giving real wide range of experiences and information.

    October 31, 2012

  • Krasimira T.

    Great meeting . Really helpful . Lookin forward to next one .

    October 31, 2012

  • Alex G.

    As always, we received very informative answers to all questions that have been asked, and advice and tips to be successful in our careers.

    October 31, 2012

  • Chirag G.

    It was a fantastic experience talking with guys who are currently working. It's an absolutely delight to see you guys sparing some time out of your busy schedule and helping students.

    October 30, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Just to let you know a member of staff from RecWorks will be onsite to give complete CV and cover letter reviews, suggest improvements etc. Bring your CVs or cover letters along tonight.

    Thanks,

    Anj

    October 30, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Also mentoring at the session this evening:

    John Stevenson - Having done most jobs in the IT world, John has many tails to tell. He currently works for Heroku and Salesforce, helping build technical communities for fun & profit. In between that he is discovering Clojure by trying to help others understand joy of functional programming - http://blog.jr0cket.co.uk

    October 30, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Also mentoring at this session: Russel Winder is an independent consultant, author, analyst, expert
    witness, and trainer. He spent 20 years in academia ending up as
    Professor of Computing Science and Head of Department at KCL. He left
    academia for the startup world, which is where he still operates.

    Thanks all,

    Anji

    October 24, 2012

  • nicola m.

    Hi All

    We are going to do the Podcast this time (didn't quite manage it at the last event). One of our team will 'interview' the mentors and ask any questions. We hope by doing a podcast we can encourage other students to attend Meet-A-Mentor events. So, if you have any questions please ask away .............

    October 19, 2012

    • gabriella asprella l.

      what are the differences, if any, between working for a company whose main business is software and a company where software (and other IT services) is a tool to achieve sales goals?

      October 19, 2012

    • gabriella asprella l.

      what career paths (ie roles or different types of industries) are available to a computer science student and how to best pursue them

      October 19, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Also mentoring at this session:

    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.

    October 19, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Also mentoring at this session:

    James Atherton is the Content Discovery/Search Team Lead at 7digital, an online music retailer and content provider.
    He has been working at 7digital for just over 2 years now and in that time has worked on the website http://www.7digital.com, the B2B API, search and recommendations. He enjoys working with large datasets, writing maintainable code and making things faster. When not coding he can be found: reading, cycling, flamenco dancing or making, drinking or plying others his home brewed wine or beers.

    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.

    October 18, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Hi everyone,

    The Mentors for this session will be:

    Donald Matheson has worked at Citigroup for over 3 years, currently in the role of AVP Senior Programmer Analyst in Prime Finance Technology. His role involves working on the Global Billing platform using mainly Java EE 5, working at all levels of the software development lifecycle from requirements gathering right through to release and support. He attended the University of St Andrews, studying Computer Science, and has also worked with Barclays Wealth and IBM during his 4 and a half year career.

    Gemma Silvers started her career with an internship at Sun Microsystems and has been working in web engineering ever since. Now Director of Shared Technology at Playfish (part of Electronic Arts), she leads the strategy for the shared technology that underpins Playfish games, supporting millions of players a day.

    More to follow tomorrow..

    October 17, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Hi everyone,

    We have had some great feedback from past 'Meet A Mentor' events. Please visit our facebook page to have a read: http://www.facebook.com/gdcmam

    Thanks,

    Anj

    October 17, 2012

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