I am a final year student at Queen Mary university who has been going to events run by the GDC since 2010. If there was ever an event held by the GDC to attend, this is probably it. I have been to a lot of software talks and casual networking events but what really contributed to me understanding more about software and the technology industry in general was talking with another person who was already working in the area I wanted to work in. Whether it was CV advice, interview advice or general technical programming advice an experienced person would always give me a much clearer picture than attending any talk or reading any book.
Nothing in the technology industry is ever simple, therefore from my experience it is essential to listen to more senior people working in the industry and ask them *lots* of questions. In nearly all cases senior people are very happy to give you advice and point you in the right direction.
I went along to one of the Meet a Mentor events held last week and it was really interesting to see so many passionate and experienced senior people from the technology industry get together in one room and talk to students on the same level and really give advice openly and honestly.
Hopefully everyone will find the event useful, it has really become essential to know more than the average graduate to become successful in the technology industry. But remember starting your career is not impossible despite what the news headlines say, so let this event be the first step in that journey towards the start of your new and exciting career.
Am happy to talk to anyone with any questions about the GDC or the Meet a Mentor event from a student's perspective, just drop me an email.
On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM, Barry Cranford <[address removed]>
Just making sure you've all seen our latest event...
Our latest Meet a Mentor event on next Wednesday. They are not just for third years - everyone should make sure they come to at least one of these events. This time we have a combination of programming AND Non-programming roles, we have a Technical Account Manager of a large Blue Chip, a Tester, a CTO and a number of Senior Developers will all be along next Wednesday evening.
Here is some feedback from past people that have been along:
"Excellent event, the wide range of mentors provided valuable advice on
different opportunities available for graduates. From getting involved
in open-source, looking out for small and up coming companies and
working for large corporations, it was all there!! Great event, will
definitely recommend it." Imran
"Definitely a great event. Looking forward to the next one :D" Fatos
"It really is a cut throat world outside and no one really warns us until it just kinda throws it self on us... Events like these prepare and frankly manages our expectations.." - Muhammad
If you came along to one of the last two events, please do share your experiences.
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