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(I have read the guidelines before posting the below.I have not named any comapnies to whom i have been or am associated with.However if somebody finds it inappropriate to post a reply publicly please reply privately.My objective is to seek career guidance)


Hi,

I am somebody with 3.5+ years experience in IT.I worked with a product based company (insurance) for the first 3 years . The project i was involved in was at maintenance.Meaning , it had bug fixing assignments and little enhancements to work on.The Core business logic of the product is built on PL/SQL.But i had decidede to make a career on java and related technologies.we used servlets for the front end application which had nothing more than HTML and javascript validations and JDBC code to invoke the PL/SQL procedures having the business logic.It was a mistake for me to have stuck at a place like that for 3 years when there was little scope for JAVA development.Then , I switched to a big name which has plenty and entirely jobs on JAVA.Now, I found life to be very hard here since i had almost no experience working on Big JAVA projects where it is used on a large scale.However , my theorotical knowledge is good enough to fetch me a JAVA certification and that knowledge has fetched me the job here.Life became so hard that i went ahead and spoke to the management and told them to put me on a testing role.This they denied but instead relocated me to a support project which does not require me to do any coding at all.But, having been in the support project for more than 3 months now and with close to 4 years experience i fear a very bleak future for myself.Can you help me decide on my future course of action.
1)is there any way i can gain practical java development expertise before i go ask my management to put me on a dev project
2)should i forget all about development and do some testing certifications and go hunt for a job in manual testing as my current company refuses to give me such a role.

Friends,I seek your valuable advice.
 
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"akki Guy" please check your private messages for an important administrative matter.
 
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Firstly, sit down and write down your interests, passions, and career aspirations. Work out where you want to be in next 2 years and next 5 years. What will be your ideal job? Which job will make you wanting to go to work every morning? You will be best person to answer these questions.

Once you have worked out your objectives, devise a plan as to how you are going to achieve this. Anything is possible, if you set your mind to it.

is there any way i can gain practical java development expertise



You can contribute to open-source projects, part-time volunteer work, and self-taught projects.
[ November 19, 2008: Message edited by: arulk pillai ]
 
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Hi Arul,

Thank you for your reply.I am reading them over and over and let me figure out how to work on them.
The problem for me about making a decision is because i haven't practically worked on JAVA much and hence am unable to decide if that is my area or not.if at all i had then maybe it could have been my area.I see my current situation as a career crisis.my manager told me that it is too late for me to switch profile.

Which job will make you wanting to go work every morning?



i have asked this several times before."testing" is what comes the anser.I ask myself "why?" then back comes the answer--" it is a easy job".Makes me feel sad.Terrible.I shall again think over all the points you mentioned to me.Thanks Arul.
 
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my manager told me that it is too late for me to switch profile.



I don't belive so. May be not the right time with all these economic down turns. Things should improve. I changed my career from being a Mechanical Engineer. Luckily it was during the boom. If you switch, be prapared to start from square one, but if you work smarter and harder, you can fast-track your carreer. Firstly, try and see if development is your cup of tea.

You can try a number of things to see if you like a development job.

-- Internal transfers where you are working.

-- Working on a self-taught Java project(s) (start with some good tutorials)

-- Once you gain a bit of confidence try participating in open-source projects.

Where do I look for open source projects?

-- http://www.sourceforge.net/
-- http://dev.java.net/
-- http://jakarta.apache.org/
-- http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/views/java/projects.jsp
-- http://www.google.co.in/search?q=Apache+Java+projects
-- https://www.dev.java.net/servlets/ProjectList
-- https://openjdk.dev.java.net/
-- http://developers.sun.com/javadb/
-- http://www.netbeans.org/
-- https://glassfish.dev.java.net/public/devindex.html
-- http://www.ohloh.net/
-- http://www.freshmeat.net/
-- http://code.google.com/


How to contribute without coding?

-- http://www.granneman.com/techinfo/linux/contributewithoutcoding.htm
[ November 19, 2008: Message edited by: arulk pillai ]
 
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"akki Guy",
Did you check your private message from Amit?
 
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Dear Arul,

After going through your advices i have decided to set myself a deadline to gain confidence in writing Java Programs by December end.if that does not happen i will head to the nearby training institute to take up a training course on Testing.I will again then speak to my manager to try and find a opening for me within the company.His thoughts for saying "No" to a testing role for me was that 3.5 yrs experience with no relevant testing experience cannot convince a client.I cannot be a billable resource.If he sticks to that thought in january i will have to quit and then go out hunting in the dark for a job.I suppose it is going to be very difficult with the kind of scenes the Economies are going through.I would be pleased to find advices from you during my learning.Thank you Arul.
 
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"akki Guy " please note that following the naming policy is not optional but mandatory. Accounts failing to do so are deleted.
So please take a minute of your time to adjust your display name.


Thanks,
Amit.
 
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hi amit,
could you please delete the account by name akshay shetty.That is also mine.I would rename akki Guy to Akshay shetty once you have deleted akshay shetty
 
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Originally posted by akki Guy:
hi amit,
could you please delete the account by name akshay shetty.That is also mine.I would rename akki Guy to Akshay shetty once you have deleted akshay shetty



You can change your screen name at any time. There is no need to delete a potential conflicting account.

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I had similar problems I started in a product devolepment company and worked in Java Swing for 2 years , i didn't know we or http and i jumped to another company first few days were tough to balance learnign and results by end of project i knew very little of JSP though i managed the java coding.
probably you need to balance a bit try to get into your strong area PL/SQL if you have the opportunity in current project learning other stuff quickly don't give up probably by end of project you may not be good performer, but if you got some hands on the technology that would be good enough.try to find a mentor in your project get help as you encounter problems
 
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