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Why should a student attend this event: Meet A Mentor - University College London – Weds 27th June @ 18:30

From: Anji C.
Sent on: Monday, June 11, 2012 2:15 PM

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note with some information about our forthcoming Meet A Mentor event - please pass on to anybody who may be interested in attending...

Why should a student attend this event: Meet A Mentor - University College London – Weds 27th June @ 18:30 - http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/65824272/

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 events - this is our fourth 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. 

Spaces are limited at the event so to be sure to get a place please sign up soon: http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/65824272/ OR Just write to us to tell us you would like to come at [address removed]

Word from the founder of the GDC - Barry Cranford

“This is one of the most rewarding events that I've had the privilege of being involved in, I'm deeply passionate about the series and I just wanted to explain.

Over the last few months we have been working on building 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”

Why a current student believes you should attend:

"Theres always new technology being released all the time its hard to keep up with it and easy to get lost amongst it all. Its always good to have someone at hand to give you advice when you need it, especially as a student so you know what the industry expects from you as there is a large gap between what we are taught and actually need to use everyday. The Meet A Mentor event allows you to meet experienced developers and technical people who can answer all your questions and share their experiences with you of the industry. So if you want advice or just to hear what the mentors have to say in an informal setting then this event is for you, keeping you ahead of most other students and graduates out there. Its not often theres so many knowledgable and experienced people in one room willing to offer great advice, so my advice is make the most of it."

Why an employer believes you should attend:

"We are always looking for people who will take an interest in, and actively take charge of, their own careers.  The meet a mentor events are designed to be a first step on that path - here you'll meet people from the industry with several years of experience with the opportunity to ask their views and opinions on any aspect of working in industry following a technical degree, to help you make your own decisions.  Employers will always want to see candidates that are coming to them having considered where they want to be in the industry, rather than just applying for a job simply because it will pay their bills!"

Spaces are limited at the event so to be sure to get a place please sign up soon: http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/65824272/ OR Just write to us to tell us you would like to come at [address removed]

Hope to see you there!

Anji

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