I am a current graduate student at Walden University, which is an online college. I am in my 6th course, but my last one was over 2 years ago. The program was just going too fast for me, and I didn't have at least the basic understanding of how to create applications that I was satisfied with even though I got a B in Advanced Software Development, so I took two years off to review from the beginning, create applications to my GitHub in Java with some Swing GUI applications implementing Apache POI for Excel and Word input/outputs.
I am in software engineering principles which is discussing the software development life-cycle and some of the basics of Agile development.
In addition, I have an OCA Java SE 8 Programmer certification which is on my resume as I passed the examination after about 6 months of study.
However, I haven't even got as much as a phone screen interview for jobs labeled entry level, intern or trainee after two weeks of applying, but generic letters saying that I wasn't selected as a potential candidate in the first round.
If this itself is not enough experience just to get started, then I can understand that and my degree will be finished by December of this year. I'm also learning Spring Boot right now. I have already developed databases with MySQL and have them on my GitHub. I don't know if anything else I'm doing though is causing me not to get invited to interviews other than lack of experience as of now, and if there's anything else I'm supposed to be doing other than finishing my degree and just building more applications.
I have two other degrees, an associates and a bachelors, while not computer science related, I still feel that along with a certification and five courses at the graduate level in IT would at least count for something, and enough to get an interview.
Either that or I just haven't waited long enough for them to review applications yet.
The only calls I've been getting were scammers from companies that want you to commit to a two year contract for low pay and relocate anywhere, or ones where you have to pay several thousand dollars to join some boot camp first before you get a job.
I'm only going to try applying for jobs for two more weeks until I give up and wait until I finish my degree at the end of the year, because if what I have now isn't getting the attention of any recruiters, there's not much of a need for those entering the field in my area at this time.
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