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What does it take to become a level 1 Java developer?

 
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I've been learning Java for the past ~6 months and working part time at a software company. I feel confortable with general Java and basic OO practices (my job is sending me to a class to learn more OO theory). I have experience with UML (Rational Rose), application servers (WebLogic and Tomcat), and with some of the J2EE APIs (JDBC, JavaMail, JSP, Servlets. Just getting started with EJBs and XML). I've got a year of IST classes under my belt from Community College. I've been thinking about transfering to a 4 year Uni. But in the past few weeks I've been considering my chances of landing an entry level Java job. Even at entry level, I could probably earn good money ($30-35k in VA) while still learning. Any comments, thoughts, suggestions?
 
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You could pretend that you've already obtain your educational qualifications and go on to apply for jobs, go for the interviews and see the outcome for yourself.
-JAC
 
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I'm going to talk with my boss tomo afternoon. We talked about it around a month ago and then he said he felt I was ready for a small role. I've learned alot about OO design since then and have completed two applications as well. I think I'll ask him what kind of skillsets I should hold before I could expect to work as an entry level developer.
 
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Originally posted by Johnson Chong:
You could pretend that you've already obtain your educational qualifications and go on to apply for jobs, go for the interviews and see the outcome for yourself.
-JAC


Johnson -
Naughty, naughty!
You know better than to suggest something that is not ethical :roll: . Keep that sort of suggestion to Meaningless Drivel please.
In the meantime, this sort of discussion goes on all the time in the "Jobs Discussion" forum. So let's move this there and see how the suggestions go.
 
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Originally posted by Cindy Glass:

Johnson -
Naughty, naughty!
You know better than to suggest something that is not ethical . Keep that sort of suggestion to Meaningless Drivel please.



Actually, I first thought the same thing, too; but there's a second interpretation. He could mean it as "pretend to yourself that you've met your goals and start looking now;" it doesn't necessarily mean lie to your employer--although that is the immediate intepretation, and yes, the is immoral and illegal.
--Mark
 
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Don't mind the sheriff Chriss, she misunderstood.
If you feel ready to take a real job just go ahead. College degree helps a lot convincing employers but it is not something you can't do without. If I were you I would keep my part time job and try to make it full time, especially if the boss has hinted he might throw something bigger my way.
Basically Chong is right. You can always go out there and see for yourself where you stand.
Rosen, SCJP
 
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