I am a certified SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD but with little industrial experience. Most of the job specifications I read about require a minimum of 2-years experience, and I am daunted about how to enter the job market. So how will I practice what I have read in the real-world? I will appreciate if someone could provide some advice on this.
Hi Jemima, imo, potential employers are typically looking for 'some' track record. Its human nature (of hiring managers) to look for some comforting factor to ensure that the candidate they are selecting is 'good enough'. That said, you can do one or more of these: . Volunteer to work at some well-known local non-profits that may need your skills. You may have to work for free for a while. In return you'll get the tangible benefits of real-world experience, references, etc. There are also quite a few startups looking for talent, may not pay much or may not pay at all. . Go over to the placement depts of local colleges' and try and get info of hiring managers of internships. Contact them and ask if you could apply for internships. Also contacts friends if any, within these companies and see if they can pass on your resume. . Build a quasi-realworld solution showcasing your skills (covering your cert areas) and have them available for viewing online or on a laptop. be ready to demo if they want to see them. You can always pursue the regular (paying) job hunt in parallel. All the best, /venkat
Do that at your own risk, Jemima. Most technical interviewers will be able to find out; besides, when the potential employer checks your references, you will get caught. I believe internship may be the way to go. I wish you the very best in your job search.