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It was a bit of a MaM fest yesterday.

We had our pilot event at 9:00 in Queen Mary, University of London as part of their Computer Science course. I then gave a 7 minute lightning talk on the Meet a Mentor program which should be showing here at some point soon.

It was a great pilot event. Exactly as I had imagined it, which in itself is a surprise given the amount of things that could have gone wrong. We had about 50 students spread between 6 groups over two rooms, 10 mentors turned up on the day and it was an extremely interesting and rewarding event. We all got a lot of positive feedback from those in attendance and hope that we have helped plant a few seeds for the students that attended to start their own research.

We were asked many things from advice on CVs and Interviews to what positions existed in the industry and even how to get funding and staff for a startup project. It was great to see a good range of questions. I was personally surprised at how many people weren’t looking for a programming position also the general pessimism of the job market.

I’m going to try to take every question that was asked and add blog posts about them periodically at Developer Careers.

We have our next event this evening: http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/55086762/

Thanks,
Barry

What is the GDC?

The GDC, or Graduate Development Community is an independent community of undergraduate software developers. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the worlds of Academia and Business. We organise and host presentations and events with senior members of the development community as well as offering advice, guidance, internships and jobs through our community site.