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How to decide career track?

 
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Hi All,

I am stuck up in a strange problem

I have done my engineering in computers 4 years back. Since then I have been working as a technical support engineer. However tech support was never my aim and I have been struggling to get a programmer's job since my graduation.

Now there is a chance for me to switch to programming. But I dont have any kind of official experiance in java programming. Whatever I have done are just small projects and that too as my peronal assignments. Looking at this experiance, I dont think anybody will take me as a java programmer. I am preparing for SCJP. Would that help?

Going ahead, what would be my future in JAVA? I am presently at a TEAM LEAD level, switching to programming will drop me down to a junior programmer's level and then I'll have to again get experiance for next 4-5 yesrs to be a team leader.

Again, how to decide which field in java to be chosen as my career?

Any comments for experts would be very helpful.

Regards,
Nikhil
 
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You probably need to hurry up with your SCJP and get going with advanced java...maybe JSP/Servlets or EJB. It is true that you cannot expect the same TL position when you switch your career to Java. Based on the knowledge that you gain when you prepare for your SCJP, you can however demand a decent salary given your total IT experience.

There are a lot of J2EE apps done for the web. So I'd say that you get a hold of the SCWCD certification as well and that would bolster your knowledge further.
[ October 08, 2007: Message edited by: Jothi Shankar Kumar Sankararaj ]
 
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Nikhil I would recommend you to look for a job in development where you will be TL but the task doesn�t involve technical leading � but client interaction, task allocation, operational task and production support.

You will get this kind of role when company is doing BPO / KPO works.You will be TL and slowly you will get a grip on development part too.

Send me your resume on my email id.
 
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As soon as you get the five years of Java experience to get back where you are, the world will move to Ruby or Python or some yet to be invented language.

J2EE was screaming hot a few years ago. Its much less hot now, see Lighter, Faster, Better Java. Things change.

Do what you like, you will be good at it. Work hard at something you are good at, and next thing you know, you'll have a great career.

Learn how to learn. Learn new languages and structures. Learn to change.
 
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Thanks Pat!
Yes, that is yet another concern. In IT field things change very quickly. That again puts me into another tough situation. In India you cant learn only one language and make your career in that language.

So mastering a particular domain would be a good choice. I am presently in email/messaging domain, though in technical support. I believe working in programming in this domain would be good. What do you think?
 
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My suggestion is to work on hands on experience stuff and prepare for SCJP in parrallel (no need to rush) if you could. The hands-on experience takes more time to grasp and it can also help you with your SCJP.

Try to start working on a basic project or tutorials by google for e.g. JSP tutorial etc (http://www.lulu.com/java-success free tutorials). If SCJP is well received by employers in your country then prepare for it.

Nothing can beat hands on experince...............But you should learn the theory (i.e. core concepts) in parrallel. Learning theory alone can make you lose interest. Hands on experience will keep you motivated.
[ October 08, 2007: Message edited by: arulk pillai ]
 
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