2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 29, 2011 1:32 PM by maheshguruswamy RSS

    Getting my foot into the door as a developer

    878646
      I worked for five years in the past as a performance engineer,
      and systems administrator at a large financial institution. I left my
      job last year to address some health problems I was having.

      I hope that I can re-enter the job field soon, and also as a
      software developer. What is the best way of landing a job as
      a programmer? I want to move in this direction because I believe
      that (1) the pay is better, (2) I'm less likely to work at a
      job that requires me to be present at strange hours, and
      (3) there are many more opportunities.

      I am aware of some course and certifications offering from Oracle.
      Although I do not see many postings on craigslist listing these
      certifications as requirements. Am I better of just gobbling several
      well-rated Java book from Amazon? I figure that being knowledgeable
      is just as good if not better than certifications. Also, what are
      some other things I can do to improve my presence in the
      marketplace?

      Edited by: 875643 on Jul 28, 2011 12:15 AM

      Edited by: 875643 on Jul 28, 2011 12:26 AM
        • 1. Re: Getting my foot into the door as a developer
          796227
          875643 wrote:
          I worked for five years in the past as a performance engineer,
          and systems administrator at a large financial institution. I left my
          job last year to address some health problems I was having.

          I hope that I can re-enter the job field soon, and also as a
          software developer. What is the best way of landing a job as
          a programmer? I want to move in this direction because I believe
          that (1) the pay is better, (2) I'm less likely to work at a
          job that requires me to be present at strange hours, and
          (3) there are many more opportunities.

          I am aware of some course and certifications offering from Oracle.
          Although I do not see many postings on craigslist listing these
          certifications as requirements. Am I better of just gobbling several
          well-rated Java book from Amazon? I figure that being knowledgeable
          is just as good if not better than certifications. Also, what are
          some other things I can do to improve my presence in the
          marketplace?

          Edited by: 875643 on Jul 28, 2011 12:15 AM

          Edited by: 875643 on Jul 28, 2011 12:26 AM
          It might be worth it to look at joining a site like Elance. Sure, it's not permanent employment, but it can help you get experience and make a bit of money in the process. Another benefit is that Elance relies on your knowledge, not your qualifications - so, it doesn't matter whether you have Oracle certifications or not, as long as you know what you're doing.

          As for working strange hours - you could be in for a surprise. I'm a developer at a small software company, and I regularly work late nights. In fact, just the other day, I only left the office after 02:00 AM.
          • 2. Re: Getting my foot into the door as a developer
            maheshguruswamy
            sosc wrote:
            I worked for five years in the past as a performance engineer,
            and systems administrator at a large financial institution. I left my
            job last year to address some health problems I was having.

            I hope that I can re-enter the job field soon, and also as a
            software developer. What is the best way of landing a job as
            a programmer? I want to move in this direction because I believe
            that (1) the pay is better, (2) I'm less likely to work at a
            job that requires me to be present at strange hours, and
            (3) there are many more opportunities.

            I am aware of some course and certifications offering from Oracle.
            Although I do not see many postings on craigslist listing these
            certifications as requirements. Am I better of just gobbling several
            well-rated Java book from Amazon? I figure that being knowledgeable
            is just as good if not better than certifications. Also, what are
            some other things I can do to improve my presence in the
            marketplace?

            Edited by: 875643 on Jul 28, 2011 12:15 AM

            Edited by: 875643 on Jul 28, 2011 12:26 AM
            My 0.02$, start with http://download.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/ . Practice, practice and more practice. Check out http://norvig.com/21-days.html. Don't go after the certifications, unless your job requires it. About staying late at work..i think software engineering is a field where you are MORE likely to stay late at work than other engineering disciplines..but that's just my opinion.