Hi all, Need some advice! Have been in the us for two years, but couldn't work since I didn't have my work permit. Am an SCJP(done over two years ago!probably forgotten everything!) Don't have a college degree from here nor much programming exp other than what i did for scjp which was not much at all! So, QUESTION is, if I want to apply for entry-level positions in Java(which ar rare), what do you suggest I do? - Is there any site where I can do some real-world java coding for free so as to get some exp? - What is this Brain bench exam? How difficult or easy is it?Is there some exam similar to it on the web, so I can practise? - Is there any site which advertises entry level java jobs at all?The article posted by JiaPei Jen on February 14, 2003 'Are These Typical Requirements For A Junior Java Developer' scared me stiff! Is this how it's going to be? - Is there a site which posts common tech ques asked for junior positions in java? thanks
I'm entry level as well and looking for a job. I'd agree that getting IBM XML is a good route - SCJP, SCWCD, & IBM XML seem to be a common combination. Also, WebSphere is a good application server to get familiar with. If you REALLY want to do Java, I say stick with it and give it your all. It's not an easy road right now though. I've got a bachelor's, an internship, SCJP, SCWCD, and Network+ behind me and still having a rough time. Employers are looking for those couple years of professional experience and if you don't have it, it's hard just to score an interview for the chance to prove how competent you are.
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