Meet A Mentor - Middlesex University

Meet A Mentor - Middlesex University

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 at: Sheppard Library, Ground Floor SG03 room number (there is only one workshop room on the ground floor). See this map for more info:

After event informal drinks:

We will head to The Claddagh Ring, 10 Church Road, Hendon, London NW4 4EA for networking and further informal discussion.

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  • Anji C.

    Hi everyone,

    If you enjoyed this Meet A Mentor evening, we have set up another one for Tuesday 12th February at University College London. We have totally different mentors along so come along and ask any questions you didn't ask the first time


    January 29, 2013

  • Anji C.

    If you enjoyed this Meet a Mentor event, we have set up another one at Queen Mary, University of London on Tuesday 22nd January 6:30pm.
    We have totally different mentors along so come along and ask any questions you didn't ask the first time

    January 11, 2013

  • 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 January, sign up here

    Happy new year to you all!!

    January 4, 2013

  • Sherin F.

    The Meetup was great! Received lots of valuable advice and got to meet amazing people both professionals and students.

    December 5, 2012

  • nneka e.

    Very insightful and interesting.i learned a lot of valuable information from senior developers

    December 5, 2012

  • Trisha

    It was great to meet you all! If anyone has any more questions for me, you can contact me via twitter - @trisha_gee

    December 5, 2012

  • Trisha

    Great to meet you all, I had some really interesting discussions

    December 5, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Steve Souza continued...He is also the creator of two open source projects. The most popular is JAMon which allows developers to monitor their java applications for performance, exceptions and many other things. The other project is called FormattedDataSet and it allows developers to easily render tabular data in different formats.

    He would love to help students get started in their careers. He loves
    teaching and mentoring and has a relaxed approachable style. Both
    parties are rewarded in a mentor relationships, so he also hopes to learn about different viewpoints and experiences too.

    and finally..

    Jennifer Dommett has been working as a software developer since 2007 after graduating with a degree in computer science. She has experience writing control software for automated machinery and a high performance financial trading platform. Outside of work she enjoys hobby programming and is an avid player (and writer) of video games.

    December 3, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Charles Wicksteed: After a degree in Electronics and a few years of hardware design, Charles Wicksteed worked for many years for a large software house as a designer and developer of large software systems, mostly using C and then Java. Charles tended to work mostly on fault tolerance, disaster recovery, performance, scalability and networking as much as on the application functionality.

    Steve Souza is a Java developer with database expertise. He is currently working at Datameer as a developer that helps write the Datameer product, which is in the Big Data space. The product is built on top of Hadoop and it let's people easily interact with Hadoop data in a manner that is similar to working with Excel spreadsheets. Previous to Datameer Steve ran his own company and created an innovative patented visualization product called LiquiMap, which allows analysts to easily see patterns in large datasets. Previous to that he worked as a Principal Consultant at Sybase.


    December 3, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Confirmed mentor:

    Trisha Gee is a developer at 10gen, the MongoDB people. She's worked in financial markets and a range of other industries including manufacturing and media, 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. Known for trying to get her head around low-latency, high performance coding, she's now diving into the New World Order of NoSQL databases. In addition, she always has a passion for Agile methodologies. 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.

    More to follow..

    December 3, 2012

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