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Hi all,
I am new to programming (commercial). I did few projects for my electrical company as my part of my management trainee program during 1992-93. After that i am in control & Instrument plus electrical project doing design till construction(wafer fab)in singapore. i would like to change my filed to IT. Last year i started learning Java. I am familier with Java, Oracle,VB,C,Pascal etc.,

Now I would like to have
1) How to face or prepare job interview?
2) Is any site avialable to get to know some exsiting project's code?
3) What type of behavior IT filed will expect from me?
4) Any other relevant advice are more welcome.
Please help/guide me.
Truly
Balaguru
 
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Balaguru Janarthanan:
Right now there seems to be a slump in the US market for IT programmers (Java, C++, etc.)
Getting your foot in the door for the first 2 or 3 years is going to be tough - after that, it should be smooth sailing.
Your first priority should be a combination of looking for a position and preparing for the SCJP exam. You should be able to complete a face-to-face technical interview.
As a new employee (junior level) - most employers will give you r 2 or 3 months to get up to speed. You will probably be assigned a mentor who will help you along. Your initial assignments will be moderatley easy - but gradually increase in difficulty/amount as your skills increase.
It's a long process for most of us to get that initial 2 or 3 years of experience in. But once you have it, you can basically work anywhere you want to (at least in the USA).
Hope this helps.
John Coxey
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John I don't see it as a real slump but as a correction of the "over-booking" effect of last year.
"Greed is not good" contrary to what the character said in the film "Wall Street". And contrary to what the CONVICT Ivan Boesky said in real life before his conviction. (He was sentenced in 1987 to only 3 yrs. in prison.)
It seems that the tech industry thought that it was immune to the natural business law that dictates "If it seems too good to be true, It probably is" and instead went along with the chimera.
They hired as many people as they could (like your former employer) hoping that this illusion would materialize. They told the US Congress that they would loose untold business to foreign competitors if Congress would not raise the H-1B quotas. Congress bought the idea and now, when reality finally strikes, a lot of H-1Bs are laid off. Together with American workers.
Finally, I personally see (and am not shy about stating it) that some of the tech industry's H-1B stunts are a shot at cheap labor.
I think it should go back to the PhD holders as it was initially intended.
My $2.00

 
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Tony:
I personally have not seen where the H1B process has been abused. Both Lucent and AMS had some H1B people on staff.
I guess when you hire an H1B person - you need to post their position/salary (on official INS form) on the wall for 60 days. I looked at some of these postings - and they were all for positions way more technically advanced than I was. Most were well over $90K - again more than I was getting.
At Lucent - some of the people were in super specialized areas - like microchip etching design theory. Stuff like that.
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I agree with you - there are some abuses - I hope not many. At this point though, and I hate to say it, I am quite angry with our govt for letting others just come into USA and take over American jobs. Especially on the junior to mid level position that I am on.
I don't mind helping others - but when that hand gets bitten I get quite understandably angry.
Part of my anger stems from all the preparation work I did in the past 8 years - college, etc. Plus the fact that I drove a semi all over the country for 5 years prior to that in order to pay for school.
When you own three semis at US$100K/a piece (even though the bank really owns them) - you do not qualify for any financial aid. When you go for second undergraduate degree - you do not qualify for student aid. And the MS was paid for by Electronic Data Systems and Osh-Kosh Children's Clothing and of course me.
I also smashed one of those $100K rigs up in 1986 - went through the windshield - actually the windshield went through me. Had to do a panick stop on I-70 in Inianapolis, IN - and ran off the highway and tore up myself, the truck and trailer big time. Got banged up pretty good. In hospital for 2 weeks and back brace for another 3 months. So this just adds to my anger/frustration.
So when I say I "paid the price" - I think I really did.
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At the very least, I would expect our govt. to help protect American jobs - at least on our own soil. I can't even begin to imagine the disgust and betrayal a US-Veteran must feel.
Can you imagine taking a bullet for this country - and then being told that some kid from India can have your job.??
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This is why I feel Colin Powell's book is such an important read. Where he describes his anger at being turned down at "whites only" restaurants during the Vietnam War - even after he had been injured (stepped on a punji stick - got major infection) while serving over there.
He had a choice - either blow up now - and loose everything. Or put his anger on the back burner until he could do something about it.
So in that light - I just put it on the back burner. Not a whole lot I can do about it - not even worth discussing it. Someday, I may be in a position where someone cares - probably not.
Just my two cents worth.
John Coxey
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[This message has been edited by John Coxey (edited April 04, 2001).]
 
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