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Meet A Mentor - Queen Mary, University of London

Meet a Mentor at Queen Mary, University of 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 second 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 on presenters, everything from startups to the financial and media industrys, 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.

Sign up now to be guaranteed a place at this event.

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

Adriaan Coppens, 25 years old, studied Economics combined with a teachers education (certified to give courses in secondary school and has experience talking to students) and afterwards Adriaan did a Master in Finance at Vlerick Business school.

Currently Adriaan is working for Project Brokers, a BI consultancy firm. Adriaan doesn't have Java or javascript experience. But is able to tell you something valuable about data, big data, business intelligence and the opportunities for developers in those sectors. The opportunities in that sector are enormous in Adriaan's opinion. Adriaan has recently heard a senior manager at one of the major banks in the world complain that they can't find capable java programmers for their databases.

Lim Sim was a developer and consultant but now Lim is a tester and is passionate about automation and improving quality. To keep things interesting Lim also develops Android applications and provides test consulting services.

Mike Laming is a keen programmer and startup enthusiast. During Mike's computer science degree he spent 13 months working for Sun Microsystems, then co-founded a Y-Combinator funded startup which took him to Silicon Valley. Since being back in the UK (and finishing his degree!) Mike has worked in a variety of tech roles and now leads the development effort at Enternships, a company which aims to get students and graduates working in entrepreneurial startups and SMEs.


Please Note -

At previous events GDC members have found this venue/particular room hard to find.

This event is being held in the Francis Bancroft Building - Room Number - FB 1.13. 

Please see this map for further information (the building is numbered 26 on this map) 

The actual signs at the building will say 'Bancroft' building only rather than Francis Bancroft.

Directions -

From Mile End Station you will need to turn left out of the station and then continue for 5 mins approx. up the Mile End Road and then cross over the road to the QM campus and go into the East Gate.  This is the first entrance to QM you come to when coming from the direction of Mile End Tube.  Continue straight on up Westfield Way for a couple of minutes and then bear left at the Curve cafe.  The Bancroft Building is on your right (number 26 on the map).

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  • Anji C.

    If you enjoyed this event, we have set up another one for Weds 3rd Oct at Queen Mary, University of London. We have totally different mentors along so come along and ask any questions you didn't ask the first time

    September 24, 2012

  • Anji C.

    If you enjoyed this Meet a Mentor event, we have set up another one for Weds 27th June at UCL. We have totally different mentors along so come along and ask any questions you didn't ask the first time

    June 1, 2012

  • Anji C.

    If you enjoyed this Meet A Mentor evening, we have set up another one for April 26th at UCL. We have totally different mentors along so come along and ask any questions you didn't ask the first time

    April 16, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Hope you had a great time at this event, if you would like to follow up on this session then please come along to our next Developer Sessions event which will be held on: 17th April, sign up here

    April 11, 2012

  • Paul T.

    Was a really good event. The mentors were really nice and friendly and very open to giving their opinions. They had different viewpoints and what they had to offer was very diverse.
    It has helped me form a better opinion of the industry and as well as helping me decide on a career path.

    March 29, 2012

  • Adam M.

    Very useful session for gaining an insight into what different developers do from different types of industry. Found out a lot about how to advance my career quickly and become a good developer. Also lots of insights about beginning a startup and advice on how to generate and test new startup ideas. Overall learnt lots I did not know, a great event and the networking session after was also great to get further clarification on a few points.

    March 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The quality of the mentors was very high and they were all open and supportive in sharing their career experiences and answering questions. I would recommend this highly to any graduate who has any questions about how to develop a career in the whatever field in the computing industry

    March 29, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Martin Gladdish started out almost 12 years ago as a Java programmer and now finds himself running the programming department, dealing with all the pieces that go together to produce great software. You would have thought he had it worked out by now...

    March 23, 2012

  • Anji C.

    John Stevenson - Having done most jobs in the IT world, John has many tails of joys and sorrow. He is currently coaching teams in effective practices, helping build communities for fun & profit, and discovering Clojure by trying to teach others the joy of functional programming -

    March 23, 2012

  • Anji C.

    John Patrick is a Java Contractor, graduated from Bournemouth University, 2:i BSc (Hons) Computer in 2003. His placement year was spent using Microsoft Embedded technologies but since then has focused on Java. Currently working as a lead java resource within RBS in Angel, previous Friends Life, London Cycle Hire and before that several secure government projects.

    March 23, 2012

  • Anji C.

    After a degree in Electronics and a few years of hardware design, Charles Wicksteed worked for many years for a large software house as a designer and developer of large software systems, mostly using C and then Java. Charles tended to work mostly on fault tolerance, disaster recovery, performance, scalability and networking as much as on the application functionality.

    March 23, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Steve Souza is a Java developer with database expertise. He is currently working at Datameer as a developer that helps write the Datameer product, which is in the Big Data space. The product is built on top of Hadoop and it let's people easily interact with Hadoop data in a manner that is similar to working with Excel spreadsheets. Previous to Datameer Steve ran
    his own company and created an innovative patent-pending visualization product called LiquiMap, which allows analysts to easily see

    March 23, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Dave Snowdon is an unashamed geek who's career has strayed from virtual reality, to mobile platforms, to web application development and finally virtual desktop infrastructure. He's worked at places with as few as 2 people and as many as 11,000. When not at work he spends time with a motley collection of robots and messing with languages such as python and clojure.

    March 23, 2012

  • Anji C.

    More mentors confirmed - details to follow..

    March 23, 2012

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