The GDC has recently launched the Meet a Mentor program in Association with RecWorks. A network of ‘mentors’ that are going to be speaking to students within universities about their stories and answering their questions.
The Graduate Developer Community was set up with the intention of being able to inspire, guide and act as mentors for undergraduates with an interest in Software Development. The group has been running for the last 2 years and has now got connections with many universities, technical societies and companies in London.
The goal of this new program is to run a series of events within different universities. With inspiration from unconferences, the events will have a vibrant ‘speed dating’ style in which mentors will spend 10-15 minutes speaking to a set group of 5-10 students before moving on to another group. We believe that this approach will be far more effective than a standard presentation in helping individuals feel more engaged with the mentors and ask questions relevant to their particular interests.
You will get many personal benefits from being involved in this program.
– Firstly it is something to include on your CV and discuss in interviews. Many companies seek evidence of communication skills, this will raise your profile both in your current position and future roles.
– It will give you a chance to meet many undergraduates personally (25-75 per session) and spread details of your company/open source project/startup/personal profile amongst the next generation of thought leaders.
– It will increase your confidence in public speaking. Although you’ll only be sitting around a table, you will find that you have a great amount of knowledge that others are interested in.
– Finally, and most importantly, you will have a chance to make a positive change in the industry. To actually inspire a great many people to do the things you believe in (writing clean code, getting involved in Agile, considering testing as a career, get involved in open source software development etc.)
If you are interested in joining this program as a mentor then please email Barry Cranford directly on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to find out more then visit the GDC blog post on the subject.