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PLEASE READ - Important Information about Meet a Mentor event - at KCL tonight!

Anji C.
user 8859667
Southampton, GB
Hi everyone,
This is to help you prepare for the upcoming event. This is a unique event, it is important you know what to expect and come prepared.
Time: Please be on site for 18:15 for a 18:30 start so that we can kick off on time
Venue:
This event is being held in: Room KO 16, Ground Floor, King's Building, Strand Campus, King's College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS.
Please see here to find the campus:http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/strand/Strand.aspx­
Please see this map for directions once on campus: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/download/KBGroundforweb.pdf­
The nearest Tube is Temple, or Charing Cross is also near. There's a webpage with very detailed info about buses, tubes, trains etc here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/....­.

How it will work
The event is a highly informal event. We will start with a brief introduction from the host, Barry Cranford to give you a background then you will get a chance to listen to a number of mentors to hear their thoughts on their careers.
- You will sit in small groups of 5-6 people in a similar situation and work with one-two mentors per group.
- The mentors will give a brief 60 second introduction then chat for 15 minutes answering any question you have for them
- After 15 minutes an alarm will sound and the mentor will move on to the next group.
It is worth preparing for the event. Have a look through our recommended preparation below. This is not an interview format, you are encouraged to ask any question you may have about your career options or their career.
What to bring
- You will hopefully be hearing many different things on different subjects, it is well worth bringing some note paper and a pen.
- It is worth bringing your CV, some mentors may give you specific advice.
- Some people have previously bought iphones to record the sessions

Preparation
You will have a rare opportunity to meet some highly experienced mentors from the industry. See below for a list of previously asked questions that you may want to explore:

Recruitment advice
- CV
- What information should go in a CV?
- How long should a CV be?
- Why do most CVs get rejected
- Interviews
- What happens in an interview?
- What is an interviewer looking for in an interview?
- What questions should I ask in an interview?
- Job Applications
- What is the best way to write a cover letter?

Career Paths
- What does a programmer actually do day-to-day?
- What does an architect do?
- What non-programming roles are there?
- What is the best way to be a CTO?
Some of these questions have been asked already. We are starting to compile a list of frequently asked questions here: http://developercareers.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/meet-a-mentor-faqs/­

Follow up
We would highly recommend you write a blog post to discuss what you have learned from this event. It is a great way to make sure you remember all the key points and also pass on information to others in the GDC.
Here is a previous post from Fatos Ismali on his experiences:
http://droidfatos.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/meet-a-mentor-kings-college-london/­
We hope you have a great time at the event. We'll be in touch after the event to hear how it went.
Thanks,
Anji
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