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Meet A Mentor - King's College London

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Meet a Mentor at King's College London

Have you always wondered what you want to do when you graduate?
Are you worried about all the talk of grads finding it hard to find work and what it will mean for you?
Do you want to know the difference between working in a bank, a gaming company or a startup?
What technology should you specialise in? Java, Ruby or any of the other countless programming languages?

Now is the chance to find out. You may well have heard the buzz about the Meet a Mentor event - this is our first event open to all students.

This is a chance for you to meet a variety of senior developers currently working in the industry; you will get a chance to listen to their stories and even ask them questions. It will be a 'speed dating' style event in groups of 5-8 with each mentor having 10-15 minutes to tell their story and share their experiences in the industry. We have an amazing line up including people from the BBC, Betfair, banks, startups, open source enthusiasts, senior developers, entrepreneurs and CTOs. You will also find an experienced recruiter who will be able give you advice and answer your questions regarding your career options, the software industry, job applications and different job positions.

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Here are a few of the mentors you can expect to meet:

Martijn Verburg - Martijn (CTO - TeamSparq) has over 10 years experience as a technology professional and OSS mentor in a variety of environments from start-ups to large enterprises. He is the co-leader of the London Java User Group (LJC), and leads the global effort of JUG members who contribute to JSRs and the OpenJDK. Martijn's first book ""The Well-Grounded Java Developer"" with Ben Evans is being published by Manning. As a leading expert on technical team optimisation, his talks and presentations are in high demand by major conferences (JavaOne, Devoxx, OSCON, FOSDEM, TSSJS, JFokus, SDC, etc) where he is known for challenging the industry status quo as the ""Diabolical Developer".

Martin Anderson - Martin is a Software Architect at Betfair, Martin has worked in online media, banking, trading and gambling. His career path was not a typical one since he started out in the 'wetware' subject of physiology and it wasn't until his PhD which saw him performing automated analysis of EEG's that led him to focus on programming rather than clinical research. Primarily a technologist, he is concerned with two things: getting the job done and doing it the right way.

Graham Lyons - Graham is a web developer working with PHP, Java, Javascript, Apache and Varnish amongst other things. I work for the BBC building the bits that other teams use to create exciting products.

Ben Summers - Ben has lead a slightly unconventional career, starting by writing code in the basement of a stately home during his gap year. Since then, he's avoided getting a proper job by freelancing and starting software companies.

Barry Cranford - Barry is the founder of the Graduate Developer Community, London Java Community. Having spent much of his time over the last four years building and developing communities of talented developers he knows what it takes to stand out. He is also the founder and Managing Director of IT Recruitment Consultancy, RecWorks Ltd and can help in any aspect of CV creation, interview advice, applying for jobs and career development.

Boris Vrtic - Boris is a senior Java developer with 10+ years of experience, mostly involved in IT projects in telecommunications and financial industry. Experienced in server-side Java development using servlets, Tomcat, WAS, web services, JUnit, JMeter, ANT, Maven, Hudson, SVN, GIT, Oracle, DB2, MySQL, shell scripting, legacy integration.

Richard Conroy - Richard has been slinging code of various quality for over a decade now. Big systems, embedded systems, hideously broken systems, seat of the pants projects, epic waterfalls and the occasional well done project. Education, particularly self-education and peer education was instrumental - learning Java 15 years ago got me started, and learning Ruby 5 years ago kept my options open when the economy tanked. Its been a strange career path for me, and I think I have some good wisdom to impart onto anyone thinking of pursuing a career in this industry.

Samir Talwar - Samir is a developer that's very focused on doing things the ""right"" way—building software that is a joy to use as well as simple to develop and maintain. I've been in the financial industry for a year and a half, but before that, I was freelancing as a web developer throughout sixth form and university.

Steve Souza - Steve is a Java developer with database expertise. He is currently working at Datameer as a developer that helps write a product which is in the Big Data space. It is built on top of Hadoop and it let's people easily interact with hadoop data in a manner similar to working with Excel spreadsheets. Previous to Datameer he ran his own company and created an innovative patent-pending visualization technique called LiquiMap that allows analysts to easily see patterns in large datasets. Previous to that he worked as a Principal Consultant at Sybase. Steve says "I would love to help someone get started in their career. I love teaching and mentoring and have a relaxed approachable style. Both parties are rewarded in a mentor relationships, so I hope to learn to better communicate and learn the viewpoints of anyone I work with too!

Please Note -

This event is being held in the Council Room, on the 2nd floor of the King's Building, Strand Campus. Here is an internal map which shows you the location - http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/download/KBLevel2forweb.pdf

Please also see this Google map showing where the campus is: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/strand/StrandCampusLocation.aspx

There will be a plasma screen in reception showing information about the event and where to go. Also there will be someone at the reception desk who will be able to direct you where the Council Room is.

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/campuslife/campuses/di... (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/directions/strand.aspx).