Originally posted by Imran Jack:
UK has more money, more opportunities, more exposure, more career porspects etc, though market and immigration regulations are stuff and changing.
These things are relatively easy in Australia, but industry is weak and stagnant. It is a good place to have peaceful live while fixes bugs or making webiste for local car-repair gargage.
Some of the beginners and unemployed are more tempted to get back to school doing a post-graduate study or inclined to gain additional training or certifications with a view of improving their employment prospects. This may not be a bad idea especially for someone who has no basic degree, but for degree holders, this has a lesser chance of improving their short term employment prospects because this won�t give you the experience and personal growth what the prospective employers are looking for, and will look less impressive on your resume compared to more hands-on experience driven accomplishments. Academic qualifications should go hand-in-hand with practical experience. Professional experience can help one better identify his or her strengths, weaknesses, and interests, and align appropriately his or her future educational needs. Knowledge is essential, but what is more important is to know how to put it to work because doing is how you learn and how you ultimately prove yourself.
The most difficult resumes to put together are those of people who have no �work experience�. This means both Java/JEE related experience required to highlight your technical skills and any work related experience needed to exemplify your soft skills that are transferable is very limited. Use the channels and avenues discussed earlier in this section to start from the bottom rung of the ladder and slowly build up what the employers are looking for, real experience, soft skills, and personal growth. Not having experience is of course a disadvantage, but it is not the end of the road. Your lack of experience can be overcome if you are strong in other areas like writing an effective resume that highlights your strong points such as willingness to learn, proven track record of working hard, commitment to the chosen career, ability to learn quickly, etc to counteract this shortfall. Even if you don�t have the required experience for an entry-level position, submit your resume. The worst thing an employer can do is not short list you. Most importantly show that how you are currently gaining hands-on experience via other channels discussed earlier to meet the prospective employer�s requirements. You may have gained a 2 month Spring experience via open source contribution, while the employer is looking for 6+ months. If you keep at it, there will be a prospective employer who will think that you can do the job regardless of what the job specification says. If you wish, indicate that you are also willing to provide your service for free in exchange for hands-on experience. Try looking for a mentor through any of the channels described earlier, who is experienced enough and willing to guide you. Try different things with your resume, job hunting techniques, etc to find what works and what doesn�t.