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Lastest update about the Java market in Australia

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Hi everyone,
My name is Gokhan.
BS EE, Technical University of Istanbul
MS Digital Communications, Faculty of IT, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
2 years support exp. in IT Consultant Networking, Unix, Netware, NT etc.
2 years exp. in Siemens AG. Fiber Optic Cable design&procduction
Came to down under 2 years ago.
Intensively worked with Java during studies. Mostly network programming, socket programming, rmi, jdbc, servlets, etc.
Master thesis involved lots of programming with JDBC, Servlet and Swing API plus mysql and tomcat on the Linux platform.
I love Java and want to work as a Java developer on the serverside. Started looking for a job here. There are jobs around in Melbourne and Sydney but not like last year. According to "the Age", most selling paper in Victoria, there is about 25 -30 % decrease in IT job ads. And another problem for international students(like me) is you have to be a PR (Permenant Resident) in order to be eligible to look for jobs in the Aussieland. I made an application to the Immigration but the lead time for the process is quite long. Anyway I decided not to waste my time meanwhile and spent the last couple of months with SCJP2 exam preparation. That is how I found out about the site. Found it quite useful. Registered for the test and will take it soon. Then will head to the SCEA. One of my mates is working now in London for Ford Credit and told me that the IT market is hot now up in the UK. Can anyone tell me about whats goin on in UK?
How is the application process for international employees?
PS: To John Coxley:
I was really inspired by your story. Hope you are enjoying your new job and will have time to drop in javaranch if not busy working or fly fishing.

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From my point of view the aussie job market is currently dead. Its still solid in the networking area. Presently, its very hard to find a software development job in sydney..most of jobs lies in the cisco wan-switching area.. but if you have more than 4 years experience on your hand, then finding a jobs shouldn't be difficult. Moreover, aussie employers really like aussie degrees..
I did my SCJP in May 2000, but still unable to find any productive java development project (rejected few!) and currently working in the area of Networking.
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