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Hi there,

Iam a computer Engg. graduate.Worked in Java,j2ee for an year.Having XML cert.
Got married, had baby.2 1/2 yrs a long break.Now iam back to IT field.

Have no idea what to choose or where to start.

Iam ready to read any new software out there or taking an entry level even w/o pay for 6 months. Iam a hard worker & a quick learner.

Do i have to start with .Net... kind of environment or
Can i go take some Jobs in Xml.
Which is hot now?

Plz give me some suggestions.

Thanks,
sean
 
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Hi,

The software industry in the west is not hot as you think it was/is. People who claim there is a shortage, usually are those have direct interests into making money from people like you. Since you are not really established a foothold in the industry yet, I think you should chose another profession related to self-employed such as lawyer, medical doctor, salesperson, financial advisor, or appraiser. If not then you may have to think about the circumstantial profession such as nurse.

The alternative is that you are an expert/become an expert on the user side/any business operations, you will use it as your ticket into the game. Sorry, for breaking your day-dream.


Edit: As I have mentioned to other rancher couple weeks ago, the market is tough, but it is not impossible to break in. It will continue to be tough because the industry already figure out what can be outsourcing/offshoring and what's not. The need will not and never be high as people expect such as during the dotcom boom level.


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MCao
[ May 23, 2004: Message edited by: Matt Cao ]
 
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Originally posted by Matt Cao:
I think you should chose another profession related to self-employed such as lawyer, medical doctor, salesperson, financial advisor, or appraiser.




It's all good... just take a swing at being a doctor! :roll:
 
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It is sad to read about Matt's response - Java developers with less experience had better look for employment elsewhere.

The economy starts crawling. Hiring has picked up for two consecutive months. Is it reasonable to hope IT is still a field that offers good employment opportunities after the economy regains its strength?

We just went through a recession that was second to the Great Depression.

Should we have some faith in IT? or we should give up in early spring? I would like to have the opinion from more ranchers.
 
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I am a hard worker & a quick learner.


If this is true, you'll be ok. Especially if you're disciplined enough to learn on your own time (which I've heard is difficult for those with children).

What to get into??? Start with .Net or Java. You can always learn both but start with one. If you go with Java, look into getting SCJP (certification). The cert will help you learn the rules of the game and isn't all that expensive if you buy used books.

Take whatever job you can get to start with but I would avoid working for free.
 
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