I have been involved in the GDC for a number of years. After my first successful meet-up event in SkillsMatter for the first Lego Agile XP event, I found myself thrilled by the amount of passionate young developers that I had met and was able to gain valuable insight into different technologies that University doesn't teach you. I was hooked from the get go and ended up joining several other programming related meet-up groups and attended events, on average, 2-3 times a week. I than became an assistant organizer to the GDC, which seemed a bit odd since I was still an undergraduate but I enjoy it. Though now that I'm in my final year in Brunel University, I haven't had as much free time to show up since coming back from my placement in Switzerland.
I could never have imagined that I would land a placement in CERN, but I know that the skills I gained from networking in the events I attended played a huge role in providing me with relevant industrial knowledge as well as key contacts and helped me to gear-up for what I was to expect.
This meet a mentor event is aimed at helping you to gain valuable insight, hear fascinating stories of what happens in real-life projects when deadlines approach. Get to know your possible future colleagues over a pint or two, you'll soon find that there is an abundance of short-term, freelance jobs to aid in completing projects and you'll gain these jobs from meeting the right people and talking to them about what they're working on and whether they have any way for you to learn hands-on experience with them.
The event format is similar to group tandem events and allows for everyone to easily pitch in their ideas and you'll find that you should learn a lot more at a much faster pace than the traditional lecture-seminar approach.
You'll be around plenty of passionate developers, some with decades of experience and others with only a few years under their belt, but everyone will be able to learn a thing or two from each other.
I highly look forward to meeting you guys at the event, and I'll be able to expand more on what I worked on within CERN and help anyone who has questions about the place.
On 7 March[masked]:04, Barry Cranford <[address removed]>
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.
Any questions or feedback - positive or negative, please do let me know.
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