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rookie java programmer looking for a job

Alan Dooley

Joined: Feb 22, 2000
Posts: 7
In the past 3 months I've tried to find a internship or entry-level Java programming job? Do they exist? I'm a non-traditional college student, half-way through a 2-year Information Systems degree. I'm also coming from a totally different field. I'd like to get some practical experience, but how?? I'm in the second semester of a Java programming course and I've had one semester of C++. How have others out there gotten started??
paul wheaton

Joined: Dec 14, 1998
Posts: 20971

You should investigate certification. Employers equate certification to a year of experience.

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Mark Herschberg

Joined: Dec 04, 2000
Posts: 6037
I totally disagree with Paul. A search in this forum on words like "certification" or "SCJP" will turn up lots of debate on the topic.
You describe yourself as a non-traditional college student; what do you mean by that? If you have prior work experience, you should try to leverage that to demonstrate a proven industry track record, even if not quite in the same field.
Al Newman
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Joined: Mar 30, 2003
Posts: 716
I suggest a trip to the college library or the local public library to check out and read a book titled Guerilla Tactics in the Job Market by Tom Jackson. It's out of print now but I found it invaluable when I found myself in a situation much like yours some time ago.
Think about using informational interviews or an offer to do a short project free of charge as proof of your bona fides. I broke a 6-person logjam that way in landing my first job years ago.
[ July 04, 2003: Message edited by: Alfred Neumann ]

I agree. Here's the link:
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