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Getting my foot into the door as a developer

878646 Newbie
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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 Newbie
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    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 Journeyer
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    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.

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