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I need some motivation

 
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Hi everybody...
Can anybody tell me their success stories as how they started as a JAVA programmers...i would really appreciate taht...I neeed some motivation and that I get by reading success stories of the persons who have strived hard..and have achieved their goals...
I have read Maha story ....that really stimulated me...
Can anybody else share their success story with me
kajol
 
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Kajol:
At the risk of boring everyone to death.
I left trucking (as an owner-operator for 5 years - Mayflower, North American Van Lines) in January 1990.
Completed a BS-Applied Mathematics, and then a BS-Computer Science, both at the Universitity of Pittburgh.
Then I went to work for EDS/GMAC in Bethlehem, PA in 1995, as a COBOL/PLI/JCL/MVS Programmer/Production Support Engineer. At the same time, I started taking graduate classes at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA (about 90 mi west of New York City)
Laid off from EDS/GMAC job in 1997 after two years of pure hell. But was picked up by OshKosh Clothing to do an AS/400 to Java WindowsNT conversion while at Lehigh. Was also hired by Lehigh as a Java instructor during this time - part of the OshKosh project funding requirements.
Completed an MS-Computer Science at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA) in May 1999.
Started at Lucent Technologies in May 1999. Was laid off from that job (which I really liked) in October 1999.
Spent Oct1999-Oct2000 fly fishing every day. Managed 320 days on the stream in that time period. I also started studying for SJCP.
In October 2000 I posted my resume to javajobs.com and dice.com,
and received over 120+ phone calls. Ended up going to 3 interviews in Philadelphia, PA - had offers from 2 of the outfits, and I rejected the third right off the bat.
But, I wanted to move to Colorado (and had indicated this on my profile/resume). Had three offers out here in Colorado. This January - I moved the 2000 miles from Philly to Denver and am
currently sitting in my office.
We had 6 inches of snow last night - I got a flat tire on way to work this morning - and had to change along highway - oh joy. At least we dress casual out here - as compared to EDS job.
So after 8 years of school, and around 4 years in industry, I think I may have found a home. New job is pretty relaxed so far.
Managed to get corporate to pay for my Colorado fishing license, as well as for auto emissions and registration/plates for car out here.
And to top it off, next week is a 3 day holiday and I am headed out to the Green River in Dutch John, Ut (about 350 mi west of here) to do some serious trout fishing.
If you look around this forum (at previous discussions), you can follow my story and advice to others.
Keep studying, have fun.
Johnny
(jpcoxey@aol.com)

[This message has been edited by John Coxey (edited February 08, 2001).]
 
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I had to make a Web page for my experiences before I lost them :

http://www.geocities.com/~tony-alicea/MyURLs.html
 
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Thanks John & Tony,
Any other succeess stories Guys ........wake up..
Please share some more thaughts....
Kajol
 
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Well,i dont REALLY have a sucess story,but for all it's worth....
I got my Graduation Degree in Electronics Engineering in April 99(I am still a kid in the Sofware World,just turned 23 a few months ago).
With nothing but a Engg. degree under my belt,i approached several firms.All of them politely showed me the door.The general feeling was "Well,you ARE an Engineer,but u have no actual working experience...".
After going through a lot of Classified Ads.,I learnt that the hottest market was Software Development,and the hottest language was something called Java.
I took up Java from August 99,discovered JavaRanch in Jan 2000, cleared the Sun Certified Java Programmer exam in June 2000,and landed a Java Developer job in August 2000.
I did some free-lance assignments in Java and PHP for about 9 months before i got a job in a small firm in Feb 2000.There I worked on PHP and MySQL.Thankfully,they trusted my ability to learn and perform better than my "Experience".
Now i am working as a Java Developer in Bombay.Nowadays,Linux has captured my attention,as all the work in this firm is in Java-Linux.
I can say that it is a combination of hard work and one's own ability that takes a person places.
Having great people like the ones at JavaRanch to help u achieve your goals doesn't hurt too.
That's my story.....Sorry if i bored u all.
Thanks for reading the post.
[This message has been edited by Udayan Naik (edited February 08, 2001).]
 
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