Join our growing Meet a Mentor
community and connect to

The best part? It’s all free.

Want to know more? Great, read on.

Join our growing
Meet a Mentor community and connect to

The best part? It’s all free.

Want to know more? Great, read on.

What are we all about?

Our community has over 350 members from the tech industry, mainly specialising in Java and front end technologies.
This includes over 80 mentors who range from engineers to CTOs.
By matching mentors and mentees within the community, Meet a Mentor allows you to open a dialogue
to discuss new technologies, career goals and troubles.
Meet a Mentor also offers an approachable, friendly mentor matching service within the community.
We run an active online Slack group, meetups and 1-2-1 mentorship opportunities.
Now we think that’s pretty special.
Meet a Mentor is a free initiative founded and run by RecWorks Ltd.

Why connect with a mentor?

Mentors in the Meet a Mentor community can help you answer a variety of questions related to your career, whatever stage you’re at. Below are some examples of typical questions we receive from people at various levels.
  • We have had over 100 people join the community at graduate level with a range of questions. Some example questions we have received include:

    • I am interested to understand more about the different career paths in software development?
    • How can I get my CV to rise above others when I apply for jobs?
    • Which technology should I learn first?
    • I would like to contribute to an open source project and not sure where to start…
    By joining the Meet a Mentor group you can speak to a range of experienced professionals in the tech industry from developers to CTOs and give yourself a head start.

    Our mentors come from a range of backgrounds and specialise in various technologies or areas including: #java #spring #javascript #jvm #scala #clojure #kotlin #nodejs #python #ruby #devops #agile #microservices #cloud #tdd #angularjs #reactjs #aws #hadoop #bigdata #kafka #apache #rest #ios #android #go #elixir

  • This is often the part where you’ve started in your career and the options in front of you seem endless. Here are some example questions we have received from people at this level:

    • I am interested to find out more about concurrency and would like to know the best way to learn
    • I would like to contribute to an open source project and not sure where to start…
    • I am considering specialising in an area and am not sure whether it’s the right idea or not?
    • I have been in my role for several years and am not sure when the right time to change is?
    Speak to a range of mentors who have walked in similar shoes and faced similar questions to you. Find out what they did and let them share their own shortcuts and pitfalls.

    Our mentors come from a range of backgrounds and specialise in various technologies or areas including: #java #spring #javascript #jvm #scala #clojure #kotlin #nodejs #python #ruby #devops #agile #microservices #cloud #tdd #angularjs #reactjs #aws #hadoop #bigdata #kafka #apache #rest #ios #android #go #elixir

  • This can be the most important time to find a mentor. There are many options in front of you and it’s hard to know which is right for you – mentors can walk you through what they did and shine a light on many different options for you. Some example questions we have include:

    • My seniors are pushing me toward management – how can I continue
      to move my career forward but still stay technical?
    • What is a CTO role like? …and how should I step into one?
    • How do I become a tech co-founder of a company? Is it a good move?
    • How can I move into a tech lead position?
    • I’m new in a tech lead position and feeling overwhelmed,
      what advice do other tech leads have on how to cope?
    • My career has plateaued, how can I continue to step forward?
    Speak to a range of senior mentors who have walked in similar shoes and faced similar questions to you. Find out what they did and let them share their own shortcuts and pitfalls.

    Our mentors come from a range of backgrounds and specialise in various technologies or areas including: #java #spring #javascript #jvm #scala #clojure #kotlin #nodejs #python #ruby #devops #agile #microservices #cloud #tdd #angularjs #reactjs #aws #hadoop #bigdata #kafka #apache #rest #ios #android #go #elixir

  • Whether you’re a brand new CTO trying to figure out the lay of the land or you’re in your fourth CTO role and feel like a seasoned pro – it’s lonely at the top. Typical questions we see include:

    • How do other people deal with non-technical stakeholders?
    • How do others draw the lines between product, marketing and tech?
    • When should you hire a VP of engineering, and what tasks should you delegate?
    • What exactly should a CTO do?
    The meet a mentor community has over 30 CTOs so whether you’re looking to just bounce ideas off of someone or you are looking for someone that can take you to the next level, the community can help.

    Our mentors come from a range of backgrounds and specialise in various technologies or areas including: #java #spring #javascript #jvm #scala #clojure #kotlin #nodejs #python #ruby #devops #agile #microservices #cloud #tdd #angularjs #reactjs #aws #hadoop #bigdata #kafka #apache #rest #ios #android #go #elixir

We’ll let the numbers do the talking.

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Number of mentors
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What happens when you sign up?

Well, a real human matchmaker will match you up with suitable mentors. Then, all of the magic happens in our dedicated Slack group, where we make introductions to mentors. This is also where regular discussions take place. If you’ve never used Slack, it’s a simple online platform for communication with over 6 million daily users. A modern-day MSN.

After that it’s up to you on how you build your relationship within the network and with your mentor or mentee. Meet for coffee, chat on Skype, invite them to your wedding. The ball’s in your court

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What happens when you sign up?

Well, a real human matchmaker will match you up with suitable mentors. Then, all of the magic happens in our dedicated Slack group, where we make introductions to mentors. This is also where regular discussions take place. If you’ve never used Slack, it’s a simple online platform for communication with over 6 million daily users.
A modern-day MSN.

After that it’s up to you on how you build your relationship within the network and with your mentor or mentee. Meet for coffee, chat on Skype, invite them to your wedding. The ball’s in your court

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FAQs

Our mentors have been there, they’ve done it. They’ve got a whole wardrobe of t-shirts. They are now in a space in their careers where they want to give something back, so they volunteer as mentors through Meet a Mentor.

From international conglomerates to London’s hottest startups, our mentors come from far and wide. Scroll up to see some of the big names. From senior developers to experienced CTOs, contractors to business leadership.

The initiative was founded by Barry Cranford and continues to be run by him and the team at RecWorks. Meet a Mentor also has the backing of The London Java Community (LJC), the London CTOs, the Front Engineers and a number of other communities with many of our mentors coming directly from these communities after seeing the value of being part of the groups.

Nope. All things Meet a Mentor are free. All that is asked of you is that you are enthusiastic and want to learn. But hey, we do accept gifts.

We’ve been laying our foundations since 2007, originally as a branch of the established London Java Community (LJC). Meet a Mentor was created by Barry Cranford, who wanted to close the gap between academia and industry, offering a helping hand to students who were just starting out. This has since evolved to include all levels in the industry. Barry identified a deeper need for meaningful connections and career conversations and made it happen. With a range of CTOs, engineers and senior developers coming together, Meet a Mentor opens the door to a network of experienced individuals.

Meet a Mentor has been in the making since 2007, from the conception of The London Java Community (LJC). 2012 saw speed mentoring events for students, with the group evolving to include many levels within the industry since then.

In 2017 the focus changed from this style of event to creating a space for personal intros. So, the Meet a Mentor Slack group was born. Since this point, hundreds of introductions have been made. Check out the numbers to see how many we’ve made to date.

Not at all, many of the mentors and mentees speak over Skype or on phone calls if and when meetings are not possible.

Once you’ve joined the slack group you will be approached as soon as possible (usually within a few hours) by Helen or Barry. They will introduce themselves, tell you more about the service and provide options of potential mentors that we could introduce you to.

FAQs

Our mentors have been there, they’ve done it. They’ve got a whole wardrobe of t-shirts. They are now in a space in their careers where they want to give something back, so they volunteer as mentors through Meet a Mentor.

From international conglomerates to London’s hottest startups, our mentors come from far and wide. Scroll up to see some of the big names. From senior developers to experienced CTOs, contractors to business leadership.

The initiative was founded by Barry Cranford and continues to be run by him and the team at RecWorks. Meet a Mentor also has the backing of The London Java Community (LJC), the London CTOs, the Front Engineers and a number of other communities with many of our mentors coming directly from these communities after seeing the value of being part of the groups.

Nope. All things Meet a Mentor are free. All that is asked of you is that you are enthusiastic and want to learn. But hey, we do accept gifts.

We’ve been laying our foundations since 2007, originally as a branch of the established London Java Community (LJC). Meet a Mentor was created by Barry Cranford, who wanted to close the gap between academia and industry, offering a helping hand to students who were just starting out. This has since evolved to include all levels in the industry. Barry identified a deeper need for meaningful connections and career conversations and made it happen. With a range of CTOs, engineers and senior developers coming together, Meet a Mentor opens the door to a network of experienced individuals.

Meet a Mentor has been in the making since 2007, from the conception of The London Java Community (LJC). 2012 saw speed mentoring events for students, with the group evolving to include many levels within the industry since then.

In 2017 the focus changed from this style of event to creating a space for personal intros. So, the Meet a Mentor Slack group was born. Since this point, hundreds of introductions have been made. Check out the numbers to see how many we’ve made to date.

Not at all, many of the mentors and mentees speak over Skype or on phone calls if and when meetings are not possible.

Once you’ve joined the slack group you will be approached as soon as possible (usually within a few hours) by Helen or Barry. They will introduce themselves, tell you more about the service and provide options of potential mentors that we could introduce you to.

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Don’t just take our word for it

  • Good opportunity to meet people that might need help with something that you know – rewarding experience to be able to help other people.

     
    Cesar Tron-Lozai
    Mentor & Mentee
    11 Introductions

  • Meet a Mentor provided me with tangible connections to the tech industry. Since connecting with two different mentors, I have a better sense of what my options are post-graduation and life-long contacts.


    Colleen Stabler
    Mentee
    2 Introductions

  • It is inspiring to hear other people’s experiences and to discover that some limitations are based purely on a believe system rather than reality.


    Sebastian Ovide
    Mentor & Mentee
    5 Introductions

  • It’s definitely a great learning opportunity for me as a mentor. I enjoy seeing what other peers struggle with and how my experience can be helpful to them. I feel like I learn from them just as much.


    Jakub Borys
    Mentor & Mentee
    15 Introductions

  • Being paired with mentors that have knowledge in areas I requested, has been one of the most amazing parts. I haven’t come across that anywhere else at the moment.

    Andre Hitchman
    Mentee
    3 Introductions

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