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Re: [grad-dc] Important message about upcoming event

From: Nawazish R.
Sent on: Thursday, March 8, 2012 12:25 AM
Hi All,

I have been coming to events of the Graduate Developer Community for a while now and would just like to share my experiences and give you an insight in to what I have gained from coming to these events.

What have I attended?

There have been many events organised by the GDC and I have attended a range of events ranging from full day conferences to informal meetings in a relaxed atmosphere in the pub. From being introduced to the world of open source development to taking part in a discussion as to what constitutes good software development and as a field how we can improve it going forward. I have attended talks given by experts in the industry on a range of different topics all of which were well received by a room full of passionate and enthusiastic developers.

What have I gained?

All of the occasions and events have given me valuable opportunities to talk to industry professionals. I can not stress how talking to developers has helped me learn about the industry and helped shape the direction in which I would like to take my career. The simple act of talking to developers and asking about subjects including day to day workings, technologies used and even advice on how to get management to come around to your point of view has helped me better visualise what to expect when it comes to working in the industry. Through talking to colleagues I have been exposed to upcoming technologies, other meetup groups and even chances to take part in the development of the language of Java itself.

I have met wonderful, experienced and passionate developers who are more than happy to talk to you, share their experiences, the lessons they have learnt and the successes they have had. I would also like to mention that it is a great time to talk to industry professionals when they are more relaxed away from the pressures of the impending interview or office environment. Here you can ask the questions that your maybe too afraid to ask in an interview, or the questions that really matter to you.

Meet The Mentor...

The meet the mentor event will allow you to meet some of the best professionals in the industry, ask them questions and for advice. It is a fantastic opportunity to engage with them and find out what happens in the industry in real terms. The mentors are approachable, friendly and I am sure that many will benefit from the shared experiences that they have to offer. During the time that I have been involved with the GDC my understanding of the industry has grown, I have received tips and advice on the routes to get in to the industry and what can be done to help stand out against the rest. So for anyone that is interested in getting into the industry I can not recommend it more highly.

Kind Regards,

From: Barry Cranford <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, 7 March 2012, 10:04
Subject: [grad-dc] Important message about upcoming event

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:

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:

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


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
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Council Room, 2nd Floor, King's Building, Strand Campus,
King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
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