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What should I do!

Kuma Akel
Greenhorn

Joined: Jul 23, 2004
Posts: 6
Hi All,

I have one year experience in Java and I got laid off and took 2 years break to have a baby and we were out of the country for a while. Now I am trying to get back to work. I brushed up my skills and passed SCJP, but all the job openings need J2EE experience which I do not have. Now what should I do to improve my chances of getting a job?
How can I get experience?

1. Sun J2EE certifications be any helpful?

2. I am even prepared to volounteer my time to gain some experience, but I do not know how to find a reliable project this way and how to approach?

Please advise.

thank you.
Tina Desai
Ranch Hand

Joined: Mar 13, 2003
Posts: 365
Hello Kuma,

Congratulations on having a baby!

My suggestion to you would be to start with JSP. Its relatively easy.
If you study JSP and Servlets, you might get a job. While trying for it, get SCWCD.

This would make you sound in JSP/Servlet side of J2EE.

As for contributing work, try open source projects.

All the best!
Tina


Alongwith being a good coder, try to be a good professional as well!
Kuma Akel
Greenhorn

Joined: Jul 23, 2004
Posts: 6
Thanks Tina.

Until now, I did not really know much of "open source projects" and how they work, I searched on Google and got bunch of sites realated to that. Thank you for pointing me to this direction.
Paul Hart
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 24, 2004
Posts: 3
Your story sound very familiar. I am coming off a 3 year, 3 child
"hiatus". (we now have a 3 year old and 11 month old twins).

I have also taken and passed the 310-035 test, so would be interested
as well to hear what other suggest for us to get back into the work force.

-Paul
Tina Desai
Ranch Hand

Joined: Mar 13, 2003
Posts: 365
Take your time.. do not give up.
One needs lot of perseverence to 'come back'.

Normal job hunt time is 2 to 3 months. When we are trying to return from a break, it generally takes longer.

1. But keep trying as if it can materialize tomorrow. Make your best efforts.
2. Have some activity side by side. Some study work. As you will get drained after 3/4 months.. and the negative replies will start eating your head
3. Something to be kept in mind - Remember you took the break for the marriage, kid etc. Remove all that and rewind by 3 years and you would have still had a fantastic career. So do not blame it all on you if it is taking a lil more time. Take lil easy on yourselves.

All the best!

Tina
 
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