This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
My research has led me to conclude that entry-level posts for Java developers are all graduate posts with the requirement being at least a 2:1 in Computer Science. They pay around £21k per annum on average and I found about 30 being advertised in the UK at this point in time.
I think this is the "usual" way into Java development but I want to hear about "unusual" routes.
I don't have a degree in Computer Science but I am studying to pass SCJP.
I am also going to be developing a j2EE web portal and this will give me some real commercial experience. I am doing this for a business colleague.
I have a programming background in PHP and website development and want to move into Java.
I am well over the age of 21 ! (x2 in fact!).
How did you get into Java Development? Is it vital to have a degree these days? Can an older person expect any age-related problems?