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Looking for entry-level work.

Anton Golovin
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Joined: Jul 02, 2004
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Granted, everyone was entry-level at one point or another, and everyone who is not now has, consequently, found a job as an entry-level programmer. I am Sun-certified Java Programmer and may soon obtain Developer Certification. I come from the area of Social Sciences and never extensively dealt with programming either academically or professionally (except for taking a web development course, which included Java), but I have a knock for mathematics and programming languages - I was lucky enough to learn java cold turkey, and now I am learning C++ to get certified in that language (although, it not being proprietary, I am also looking for some weighty certification authority.)

This question is oriented specifically to people who have been in the industry for some time and know ways of breaking in; or, also, to those, who were in my position and managed to make it through.

Do you think it is possible to find a job in my circumstance, and what path you would see as the most effective?

Thanks!!!


[ July 11, 2004: Message edited by: Anton Golovin ]

Anton Golovin (anton.golovin@gmail.com) SCJP, SCJD, SCBCD, SCWCD, OCEJWSD, SCEA/OCMJEA [JEE certs from Sun/Oracle]
Mark Herschberg
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Joined: Dec 04, 2000
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One possibility is to start by contacting social science professors. They may have a need for some development work and you would stand out because of your background. The down side to this strategy is that you might not have a good mentor early on in your career.

--Mark
Don Stadler
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Joined: Feb 10, 2004
Posts: 451
Originally posted by Anton Golovin:
This question is oriented specifically to people who have been in the industry for some time and know ways of breaking in; or, also, to those, who were in my position and managed to make it through.

Do you think it is possible to find a job in my circumstance, and what path you would see as the most effective?


Yes it is, Anton. It takes persistence and you must look for the corners of the market which aren't well-covered. I suggest you look up a book titled Guerilla Tactics in the Job Market by Tom Jackson (you should be able to get it on Amazon.com or at the Public Library.
 
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