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Has anybody got a job after a break of 2 years?

 
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I have a total of 2.5 years of experience in Java/J2EE (Servlets, JSP, EJB). After that, I got fed up with my job and decided to embark on a business (non-IT) with a friend. This ended in total disaster. For months after that, I became a recluse and just wasted my time not knowing what to do. I don't want to go back to my old organization.

Now I have started applying for jobs. Though I did get a few calls, I find that I have fallen behind in the race with technology and I couldn't clear interviews. So I am working hard on updating my skills and gaining back my lost confidence.

I just want to know one thing. Do IT companies in India accept anybody after a 2 year career break? Even if I do manage to perform well in an interview, will they accept someone with no hands-on experience? Has anybody got a job after such a long break?

Does anybody have any suggestions for me?
 
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pappu Pappu wrote: will they accept someone with no hands-on experience?


I'm confused. You said you have 2.5 years experience. Granted it's not very recent, but wasn't it hands on?

The number one thing is to gain current knowledge and find some way to show it. Maybe create your own website with something that uses AJAX. or some type of demo project.
 
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It was hands on. By 'Hands on' I mean to say 'recent' or 'without any break in between'.

Thanks for the advice. I will definitely do something like that to update my skills. However, I don't know if people here in India will value that kind of work. They seem to prefer recent experience.
 
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I just wanted to post that I finally got a job in a good organization.

When I searched the internet to find out if it is possible to land a good job after a long career break, I mostly found cases of women who had left due to pregnancy and childbirth. I just wanted to say that it is very possible to get a job even after a long break.

As I was out of touch with technology, I prepared myself by doing my own project. I worked on my own requirements document, use cases and design documents. Then I executed the project using JSP, Servlets, EJB, JDBC- the technologies I had worked on. Apart from that, I also started learning Spring and Hibernate. This made me confident during my interviews. I failed in nearly eight or nine interviews before I landed the job.

So, for anybody who is in the same predicament as I was, I want to say that it is possible to land a job in Indian MNC's even after a long break. You may need to compromise in terms of salary and position, but that's OK.
 
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Congrats! Thanks for sharing your story.
 
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Congrats! All one needs is the desire to succeed. There are plenty of opportunities.
 
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