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Restart career after a break of 3.5 year

 
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Hello everyone,
First of all sorry for the long post. But as a women with a career break its hard.

I am a java developer with 5 years of experience. I have experience with J2EE( Servlets, Hibernate, EJB) .
Now after a break of 3.5 years want to get back to work but getting no response from anywhere.
I know finding a job after this break in India is very difficult. So I want to do some kind of training or certification.
I am very confused after seeing so many new technologies in the market. So I was hoping someone can help me a little.

Now a days I hear from everyone BigData is the BIG Thing

Is it worth to spend so much money on doing some course on BigData, Hadoop
or
just do some certification in Hibernate or Servlets/JSP etc ( just to prove that I still remember that stuff)
or
change career path to testing (by doing some certification)

Thanks in advance.

 
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Regardless of what you choose, you are going to need to show some recent experience. It doesn't have to be paid, but put something on github. Show you can code.
 
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I know I am late to the party here, but I once was in a similar situation. I did something else for about three years. When I got back into programming I was really surprised that the people that should decide to hire me, thought I could not write code anymore. If you do something for about ten years or so, you do three years something else, suddenly you have forgotten everything? Sure there are new tools, but logic is logic. Programming is a talent you have, like ... playing football. It is either in your genes or it is not. Don't you agree...?

Okay practical, what I did, I took a job way under my expected pay. After I got a year of experience, I changed to a job paying approximately 30% more, and after another year I did the same. Also I did some studying those years, far more than usual. So I put my other hobby's 'in the fridge' for a while. (Is that correct English?) I focused on learning some new stuff.

Do not worry, if you've got talent, you've got talent.
 
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-- BigData or Web/Web services development pick something that interests you.

-- Create a GitHUb account and develop self-taught projects to brush up your skills and to show some recent experience to your prospective employers.



 
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