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Anand Shrivastava
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Dear friends,

I am about to take SCJP followed by SCWCD. On the net I have found that jobs are only open to the candidates who have IT experience of some years. My problem is that I am into a non IT job and as part time studies am taking these certifications. How can I gain the relevant experience while doing my job, or is there any other way out.

Thanks in advance.
 
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It's of course the same case with all jobs. They all ask for experience of some sorts.

But you can guarantee that doing your certifications will proove to your employers that you are at a certain level with Java.

Once you've completed your certs (or do it during), try concentrating on learning leading frameworks such as Spring, Hibernate etc. to create your own projects. Showing your off your own work could be very beneficial if you lack commercial experience. You're also learning these frameworks too which you'll need to because not many (if any) companies develop web applications with just servlet/JSPs.
 
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If a job posting says 1-3 years, go ahead and apply. Just be honest about who you are and your abilities.

Working on certifications is a great way to show your commitment to work hard and your motivation to learn.

Also, try to meet new programmer friends at user groups or other events. If those new friends think you're an asset, they'll help you get your foot in the door.
 
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Thanks Eurig and Marc for guiding me. Definitely I would be learning Springs and Hibernate.
 
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