I recently passed the ocewcd exam and am looking for work at the moment...I've had a couple of interviews which have been quite positive, but my feeling is there are doubts about my lack of experience (understandable as all i have is a placement year from college several years ago). I'd like to try helping out on an open-source project and would really appreciate it if anybody could please point me in the direction of one that would be suitable for me.
What is your area of interest and what have you searched/found on the net which you think will help you? It is impossible for anyone to tell you what is "suitable" for you.
If I understand your aim correctly, you are looking for open source projects to which you can contribute, so that you gain experience and knowledge and it also looks good on your CV. Though this is logical, ask yourself this question: why would any existing open source project accept your contributions (I hope you know there is a veto process involved in any open source project).
Have you considered having your own project? Identify a problem and build a solution around it. It does not matter if it it's not a killer app. Any good interviewer would be interested in
1) In your analytical ability : How did you identify the problem. How did you arrive at the solution. How did you evaluate the pros and cons of your solution.
2) Your choice of technology.
3) Your design approach
4) Actual implementation
I had a couple of little projects in my head, but not really the inkling to do anything about them.. until now. I've already gotten started, guess I just needed a little 'shove' in the right direction .