Hi, I recently gave my SCJP 1.4 exam and scored 88%. My past work experience included development in VB for 1yr.
I am planning to look out for jobs in Java in US and have no prior experience in Java. Also i have just knowledge on Core Java and not on advanced part. Also i do have knowledge on C/C++/SQL.
Is it possible to get any entry level position as Java Programmer with this skill set. Or is there some mandatory knowledge on advane required(like JSP).
Kindly advice me. Help appreciated. Thanks.
SCJP 1.4 - 88%<br />SCWCD 1.5 - Preparing
Joined: Mar 22, 2005
If your experience consists of one year of VB, but no Java in a commercial setting, nor any other specialized skills, then I think it's highly unlikely you'll be offered a job in the USA (where you'd require a visa, I assume?), even if the economy wasn't tanking as it is right now. The SCJP won't count for much, if anything.
A lot of jobs require web development skills, but even those -servlets, JSPs, Struts etc.- are so common that having them is not a particular advantage any more. Not having them is a disadvantage, though.
Vidhya, Even when the company is bad, some companies still hire entry level. Either because they have a separate budget for it or because they view it as a way to not need as many (more expensive) experienced people. If you are authorized to work in the US, I think you are positioned well for an entry level job. Places tend to view any experience as a good thing then. If you would require a visa, I agree with Ulf.
Thanks everybody for atleast taking interest in replying.
Yes. I have applied for a work visa which is currently under approval.
Also i wanted to know when a fresher is trying for job, wont they be given a change to learn. Having core java concepts and determination to learn on job wont help? [ October 21, 2008: Message edited by: vidhya suvarna ]
Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Assuming we're talking about working on an H1B visa, it requires the "theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge". I'm not sure that would be the case in the situation you describe. Plus, taking someone on who needs a visa is a big expense in time and money; companies would rather get someone they KNOW can get the job done than having to hope that a new hire will be able to learn.