The Graduate Developer Community’s next free event is – ‘Meet A Mentor – Queen Mary, University of London’  on Wednesday 28th March at 6:30pm.

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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.

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.

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 patterns
in large datasets. Previous to that he worked as a Principal Consultant at Sybase. He is also the creator of two open source projects.  The most popular is JAMon which allows developers to monitor their java applications for performance, exceptions and many other things.   The other project is called FormattedDataSet and it allows developers to easily render tabular data in different formats. He would love to help students get started in their careers.  He loves teaching and mentoring and has a relaxed approachable style.  Both parties are rewarded in a mentor relationships, so he also hopes to learn about different viewpoints and experiences too.

Charles Wicksteed – 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.

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.

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 –

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…

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