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Switching from hardware to software

Inuka Vincit
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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I was a presilicon verification Engineer for two years. I basically program OO software and write tests for the hardware. We basically go through the similar architecutre processes as software Engineers... but more hardware oriented and the customers are ticked of EEs .

My question is that I want to switch to Software after I finish my MSC in Comp SCi. I always wanted to get into Java programming after I graduated but my EE degree got me into Hardware and it was a good oppertunity then. I know C++ and Java very well, and planning on taking the SCJP SCJD.I am also looking for opensource projects to get involved in. My question is considering considering my prior experiance what type of position should I expect to get(I know most probably entry level) ? Would your recomend any other qualifications that would help me? Would me prior experiance help at all? What other qualifications could I get to suppor my educaton and short job experiance?

I realy dont want to get back into what I was doing before because the Job didnt satisfy me much. The EE degree was lot of fun but EE type job was very very different(boring). So I decided since I am getting my MS done, and enjoy programming that I would take the plunge and do the switch. Any constructive infomration will be greatly appriciated.

Thanks


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Mike Gershman
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Joined: Mar 13, 2004
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You are a junior programmer, not an entry level programmer. If you write your resume emphasizing the programs you have written on your job, that should count.

However, your ability to get a job depends on what the demand is for junior programmers where you live. I would check this out thoroughly before spending time and money on courses or certification.


Mike Gershman
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