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Help - Certified but not much experience

 
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Hi All,

I am working in the IT industry for the last 4 yrs. I was earlier working on IBM Mainframe technologoes and some testing projects. But now I want to shift to Java/J2EE projects. I have cleared the following certification exams - IBM 285 (ICAD), IBM 286 (ICSD), SCJP and SCBCD. As I said, I don't have much hands-on experience with Java/J2EE projects. Can you please suggest how should I go about planning my future move? I don't think there are any good Java/J2EE projects currently in my company. Will the certificatrions help in getting a decent job? I am basically interested in doing some good developement work. My current salary is about 3.5 la. Please advice.

Thanks in advance.
 
Pradeep Pande
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Hi All,

Can somebody please give some advice as to what should my plan should be. I hope this is the right forum to ask this kind of question. I am currently working in Pune, India.

Thanks,
Pradeep
 
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This is definitely the right forum to be asking the question. Being in the US, I don't know much about the market in India, but...

I think that certifications will help you get the kind of job you're looking for, but after some work. At least here, it's a good idea to look around for any opportunity, or to work on some Open Source projects, something to show some experience with the language, as a way to get your foot in the door. Certifications help, but they're not the be-all and end-all to getting a job.

Hope that helps, at least a little bit, if not to start the conversation...
 
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Thanks Theodore for the reply....

Do u know of any sites or forums where I can look for some open source projects to gain hands-on experience?
 
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