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doubt about career in programming

 
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Hi guys
I am in my final year of engineering in electronics. In my 3rd yr I learned java and j2me so that I can make a multiplayer game using bluetooth which I have done it. And did also make some applications for college. But now my interest in java and j2me is fading day by day. I want to know from all you experienced people how do you keep your interest in programming going? I have to get a job and thinking about programming my whole life really isnt kinda life I want.

Can anyone guide me. I was actually planing to give scjp and then scmad. But what all can I expect after that. I mean the future in mobiile or the kind of salary I can expect after clearing scjp and scmad. Should I then go for more certifications?

Please please can anyone guide me.....

Ankur
 
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ankur kothari wrote:But now my interest in java and j2me is fading day by day. I want to know from all you experienced people how do you keep your interest in programming going? I have to get a job and thinking about programming my whole life really isnt kinda life I want.



There is nothing wrong with figure this out, even in the last year of college. If this is not what you want, then so be it. Better to figure it out now, than to hit a mid-life crisis, and realize that you hated doing what you have been doing for the last 20 years.

ankur kothari wrote:Please please can anyone guide me.....



Well... do you have any ideas of stuff that you want to do as a career?

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I actually want to be an entreprenuer....and wanna start with real estates...bcuz what I think is if i know abt real estates i can have or maintain any business...

but letting go off java and j2me is very tough for me.....that is the only thing i know

so m very confused.
 
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Please use real words when posting to the forums. Abbreviations such as "bcuz" in place of "because" and "abt" in place of "about" only serve to make your posts more difficult to read and less likely to generate useful responses.

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ankur kothari wrote:I actually want to be an entreprenuer....and wanna start with real estates...bcuz what I think is if i know abt real estates i can have or maintain any business...

but letting go off java and j2me is very tough for me.....that is the only thing i know



Choosing a career based on what you want to do is perfectly fine. Choosing a career based solely on the rewards is perfectly fine. Choosing a career based on the fact that it is a family business -- and you are already in it -- is perfectly fine. Choosing a career based on the fact that you don't feel comfortable trying anything else (or fear of failing), is also perfectly fine. Etc. It's your life. There is no easy answer here.

But how about this as an interim solution? While getting your Java certifications, how about getting some real estates certifications too? This way, in the future, if you ever think it won't be "very tough", you will be a step closer.

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Thanks a lot henry.....now i understand what i should do....first finish with scjp and scmad.....who knows what getting certified might bring to me
 
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i cant..the interest is gone
 
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Ankur,

If you no longer have interest in programming then my advice is to follow what you really want to do with your life.. I mean if've lost interest and you havn't even graduated what will happen in a few years that you'll have to constantly study in order to keep up with new technologies? Furthermore it is more likely that you will not succeed if you choose to do something just to earn money, we all know that to be a developer you should have the "bug" inside you..At least this applies to me..

Hope you find your path..

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Thanks a lot buddy....need to do a lot of thinking
 
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You are right Ankur. You need to think and then decide. Do whatever you have passion for? If you have lost interest in programming then may be its not what you want to do in your life. So, think about it.

Good Luck.
 
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am going to give the scjp and scmad exam and then i will see because now i have no idea what to do other than programming....I will have to start new in other field
 
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That's good. Now, if you have decided then give your 100% to it.

All the best.
 
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ankur kothari wrote:am going to give the scjp and scmad exam and then i will see because now i have no idea what to do other than programming....I will have to start new in other field



A day job will involve much more than programming. It involves meetings, estimates, deadlines, etc etc. You will get a feel for it in a few months and you will know what it takes to be a programmer in a company. Perhaps then you will be in a better position to evaluate what you want to do.

Its great that you raised this question before you jumped into the well. What do you enjoy doing and what do you want ? Ask yourself this question and think about it for a while. Good luck with what ever it is you want to do.

By the way ankur, it appears you are discussion about a job here. This thread might attract better responses in the jobs discussion forum. If you think it would be a good idea to move it there, let one of the moderators know.
 
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you may start with testing and proceed with development in future, if you'd like
 
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Get an entry level position, paid or voluntary. Experience will not only open more doors, but also will help you work out your future.
 
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Allow me to offer a different twist on this whole matter. First, have you considered that, perhaps, you are losing interest because you are not engaged in a project that excites and motivates you? Believe me, as a guy that has been developing software for over 25 years, there are times I hate what I'm doing and there are times I love it. And, both extremes have to do with whether I'm excited about what I'm developing. You can't judge if you'll like developing software based on school projects. They are not motivating projects because you know they are throw-aways. And, no one gets very excited about working on software that isn't going to have a very long life.

Second, how about combining your interest (e.g., real estate) with what you've been educated to do? How about looking at the real estate industry and coming up with a web based, or mobile, application that you could market to real estate agents and companies? You want something entrepreneurial? This is something limited only by your imagination.

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