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Career Advice for Entry-level Java Programming

 
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I am new to code ranch forums and have found similar questions but have not found one that particularly pertains to my current situation. Hopefully there are others out there that may fall into this area. So here a little backstory and my question.

I just recently switched colleges. First college I was taught Java. I would say enough to be nearly ready for the Java SE 7/8 Programmer I exam. My new school teaches C++. I am half-way through my Junior year of a Computer Science degree. With the way the economy has been and other circumstances I will likely have to go back to work soon. All of the jobs for entry-level Java developer or any entry-level have either wanted A) professional experience and/or certifications or B) 4-year degree in Computer Science. So, what things would be best to try and do to get a job. I do know about open-source projects though not entirely sure where to go and get involved. Also know that non-profits are a good start but haven;t had any luck with that. I'd be interested in any entry-level job really. I have knowledge of HTML, CSS, Python and some basic Unix/Shell scripting. Any advice or pointers in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
 
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Welcome to the Ranch.

Getting a degree is probably the best bet in getting a (IT) job. Certification can come later.

In fact having a C/C++ background is probably a better foundation than starting with Java. Because Java is based on C/C++ to some extent.

Yet if you can, you may want to consider getting the OCAJP before you graduate. If time permits the OCPJP also.

In your preparation, don't forget to write lots of little programs to reinforce your concepts.

Good luck
 
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Degree is very useful, apart from a degree, good developers are self-taught and learn continuosly. Here are some points to ponder.......

http://www.java-success.com/get-entry-level-java-job/
 
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