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Information for H1B guys aspiring to come to US

 
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Hello :
This post is primarily meant for java guys who are planing to come to US on H1B. In my last post, i highlighted some issues regarding h1 and layoffs. This time, i want to quote from the local newspaper (San Jose Mercury News)here in Silicon valley. Please have a look at the following link to know how the US economic downturn has hit the H1B guys.
http://www0.mercurycenter.com/local/center/h1b031501.htm
My intention of posting this info is to let the guys in India know the realities about jobs in US in the current market conditions .
Today i had been to a job fair here in Silicon valley. I am sorry to say that java is not in demand here in Silicon valley atleast. One of the stalls had put a board saying " No Requirement for Java or Web Developers".
What i would like to convey is that, java is not as hot as it was like last year. This may not affect the US residents , but for H1B guys who are thinking to come to US on java and web skills, please think your options twice.
This post is not meant to discourage guys from learning java. Its only meant to highlight the current market condition.
Rajesh Hegde
 
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Hello Rajesh.I have been following your posts and analyzing the statistics provided.
I have to agree that the market is going through a rough phase.But i think that it wont remain this way,and will be back on it's feet in a matter of few months.
It's not very good news that Java is not in demand.However,it would be real nice if you can indicate what is currently in demand so that H1B aspirants (like me ) can get down to exploring that and increase our chances.
Thanking you,
A Fellow Indian.
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Udayan Naik
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Java is in demand, but people are not being hired on the basis of knowing Java alone.
What is more important is experience in your field, the ability to learn and adapt. The market as a whole is stressed right now because of the overspending in 1999 and the downturn last year.
Because there were no nuclear plants exploding due to Y2K bugs, many people concluded the entire IT sector had tricked them out of their funds. Therefore, budgets for 2000 and 2001 are a lot less than they were pre-Y2K, leaving projects either without implementation or severely underfunded (leading to either failure or cost-overruns and thus more bad press for IT).
I am getting ever more convinced we should (as a sector) have left in some serious Y2K problems, just to show what could have happened if nothing had been done.
This in turn leads to many smaller companies going belly-up, with their "highly trained" Y2K Cobol and RPG programmers taking up other languages (especially Java) as a quick way to stay in the business, causing a large influx of unexperienced Java programmers.
The sign you saw was likely meant to deter these people, rather than experienced professionals.
 
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