how do you prove your talent / expertise in the new field ?
do you have to start from scratch when you change fields ? in the sense, like an intern ? one way to prove is probably certifications ?
but do companies really care about certifications these days ? or the experience levels ?
It's catch 22 situation. Unless you have experience you'll not get a job and vice versa. Having certification in new field is like learning swimming via postal courses. We can't really swim by just reading theory. Trust me, I learned this from experience. I spent good amount of money on certifications and employers are hardly interested in them. They want raw experience.
So, the ideal solution is either you try to shine in your present field, or if you're really want to get in new field, lower your salary expectation and work as an entry level in that new field to gain experience. Good luck.
Sai Surya, SCJP 5.0, SCWCD 5.0, IBM 833 834
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