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How to get real work experience when most jobs require work experience

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While it pains me to admit it, consider the times. Programming work continues to be offshored. It takes a very brave (or stupid) IT management to offshore the DBA's job.
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I have the same problem. I have almost 1 year experience of java Development 6 years ago. then got laid off and didn't find jobs. now I am upgrading my Java skill. passed SCJP, SCWCD and now working towards SCBCD. I am also applying for jobs but employer asked for recent work experience. so, i am planning to go to some colleges here in Toronto which gives me chance to work on some java projects. Is this a good idea to go for that kind of on-hand projects to gain work experience?
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It may be your best bet. Most employers are looking for someone with work experience. One year of JAVA experience, six years ago helps yes, but you are more or less in the same category of young developers coming straight out of college. As a young developer coming straight out of college, you will have to bank on the experience from working on school projects - don't discredit this experience - it builds you and at the early stages of your career, its all you have.
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