This week's book giveaways are in the Jython/Python and Object-Oriented programming forums. We're giving away four copies each of Machine Learning for Business: Using Amazon SageMaker and Jupyter and Object Design Style Guide and have the authors on-line! See this thread and this one for details.
I did my Masters degree in Computer Science some years ago now, which involved a lot of programming in C and Java. I really enjoyed it at the time, but my work since then has mainly been in Sys Admin/Support roles. I have come to realise over the years, however, that programming is the life for me! So last year I passed my OCPJP (SE 6) and now I'm really keen to get some real world experience.
I'm enthusiastic about getting work experience, in whatever form that may come. So I'm open to volunteering and internships, as well as full and part-time jobs. I should mention that I live in Sydney, Australia.
I'd also be interested to hear your advice on the next steps to making myself more employable. Should I start another certification, or should I be adding skills that compliment the core Java that I have studied? Or just trying to write lots of code?
Welcome to CodeRanch! I edited out your email because we ask folks to use the forum.
Are you still employed as a system admin? If so, there is an opportunity to do a real world program and gain experience. Most companies will let you work "free overtime" to gain experience with something. Maybe you could make a web app in Java that makes submit†ing requests to the system admin team easier. Or solves some problem you have.