On Friday, September 27, one of our incredible student mentors hosted a walk-through of the DoorDash headquarters in San Francisco, California, for a small group of Lambda School students. The event provided an opportunity for students to meet each other in-person, network with fellow professionals, and get an idea of what it’s like to work as a developer for a startup that’s making big waves in the industry.
The walk-through event was hosted by Lambda School mentor Ali Mir, a software engineer at DoorDash. While we try to create as many opportunities for student-mentor networking as possible, this event was the first-ever student and mentor meetup at the workspace of a mentor.
After the tour, students enjoyed a presentation and Q&A session by Mir, who spoke on breaking into the tech industry without a CS degree, and shared tips on preparing for and acing technical interviews.
Armando Canals, one of Mir's coworkers at DoorDash, also presented. He was not available to attend in-person, so students listened to his presentation, which was on breaking into tech without a degree, over Zoom conference. Because all of Lambda School’s classes are taught live through Zoom, it was a format that students were used to, and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the experience of working for a company like DoorDash.
One of the best ways to find your footing in a new industry is to have someone to show you the ropes – a mentor who has been where you are and can offer advice and encouragement. That’s why at Lambda School we try to create as many opportunities as possible for students to meet mentors who can help them network and feel confident in their new careers. We appreciate Ali Mir for hosting us at DoorDash and for his willingness to help our students grow their careers and their confidence.
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