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What are we all about?
Our community has over 1300 members from the tech industry, mainly specialising in, but not limited to, Java and front end technologies.
This includes over 400 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.
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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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.
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.
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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Take a look at our latest blog posts.
Here is some feedback and testimonials from our members. All completely free resource for the tech community. If you’d like to join the group you can do so here I have started speaking in other Java User Groups “This group has given me immense confidence to bring out a better version of myself. I have […]
Here is some feedback and testimonials from our members. All completely free resource for the tech community. If you’d like to join the Aspiring Speakers group you can do so here I have started speaking in other Java User Groups “This group has given me immense confidence to bring out a better version of myself. […]
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.
Mentor & Mentee
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.
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.
Mentor & Mentee
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.
Mentor & Mentee
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.
Meet The Team
Meet a Mentor wouldn’t be possible without the brilliant team at RecWorks.
Take a peek at who’s behind it all.
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Barry is the founder of the community. He is passionate about all things career related. He has a background in recruitment and is also a founder of RecWorks, a recruitment company in the Java field, as well as a number of Meetup groups including the London Java Community. The Meet a Mentor was his brain child, he saw it as a way to bring together the two worlds of career advice and community. Passionate about helping people find careers they love, tech communities, Lean startups and his family.
Helen is our ultimate Meet a Mentor matchmaker. She has even run her own introduction & dating agency (we think that may be where her love of matchmaking comes from). From 25 years at HMRC to recruitment, dating agency to driving instructor, Helen’s background is as varied as they come. She adores being able to help the Meet a Mentor community, ensuring that our mentors and mentees are set up for success from day one. She also loves nothing more than playing with her dogs, her Xbox and her motorbike (just not all at once). She’s fun-loving, approachable and ready to help.
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Emili comes with a background in HR and career growth guidance. A professional storyteller, Emili creates copy that tells you how great MaM is. Being part of a community that lives and breathes career growth is her dream. She loves mindfulness practise, spicy food and is totally obsessed with one day owning a dog. So listen closely and share her blogs absolutely everywhere.
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A former salesman, Arkadiusz has been in web development for a few years and is enjoying his varied contracts. Meet a Mentor offers him a great site to build, alongside knowing that he is encouraging others to open up to mentorship. He’s also a keen mountain biker, meditator and book reader. He admits to being 85% fruit because he eats so much of it – that must be why our site is so sweet.