Important message about upcoming event

From: Barry C.
Sent on: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 10:04 AM
Hey guys,

I'm deeply passionate about this event and I just wanted to take the time to write to you to explain. This is one of the most rewarding events that I've had the privelidge of being involved in and would invite you all to have a look at the details: http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/55086762/

Over the last few months we have been working on the GDC Meet a Mentor programme. The concept is that you get a chance to meet experts, some of the best software developers in London, to discuss what you should do with your career. This is not a sales rep or a marketing consultant here to give you a sales pitch about their company values, this is a group of incredibly successful people who are giving up their time to share their experiences with you. Choices you make now will have a massive impact on the rest of your career, those choices can often be incredibly complicated. Many people use interviews to do this, and apply to a series of jobs to find out what they're about - but you are wasting opportunities and time doing this - employers seriously dislike interviewing candidates that don't know what they want and LOVE meeting people that have a clear idea. What you need to do is speak to people actually working in the industry, as many people as possible. Speaking to a range of people will give you a good idea what the industry offers, what it is like, which area you would be most happy/suitable for and some idea of what you should do next to get there.

Anything is possible in the software industry, whether you already have a dream and want to earn 150k a year, work in a bank, a gaming company or a startup, move to Silicon Valley, start a tech business, get a PhD or, as with most people that haven't started their career, have not got the first clue what you're going to do when you graduate, you will find answers. You will meet people that can help explain things in your terms, make recommendations on people you should meet or follow, companies to consider, where to start, how to apply and any other question you have.

The event will have an unusual format, rather than a formal presentation, you will work in small groups that will encourage engagement with each mentor. You are welcome to get involved and ask lots of questions or sit back and just listen to others' questions. Hopefully you will get the chance to meet/listen to 5-6 mentors if not more.

Spaces are limited at the event so to be sure to get a place please sign up soon: http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/55086762

Any questions or feedback - positive or negative, please do let me know.

Thanks,
Barry



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NEW MEETUP
Graduate Developer Community
Added by Barry Cranford
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
6:30 PM
Council Room, 2nd Floor, King's Building, Strand Campus,
King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
London
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