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I'm new here. I need some advice guys. The languages I know are Java, PHP, a little bit of .NET, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. I graduated a year ago with a Computer Science Degree without any work experience and internship. I like Java a lot, so I've been looking for a job in the programming field (JAVA area), but I haven't been able to find work. I applied for PHP developer. I was employed for like 2 months, then I got laid off from that company. Finding your first job is hard without work experience. It's been like 4 months since I got laid off and I'm getting a bit frustrated that I haven't been able to find work in my area. Should I just go with any kind of programming job right and gain the experience and then switch to Java? In the long run, I want to become a Java developer. How can I reach that goal in becoming a Java developer. Most Java jobs I've seen need Java EE, Spring, Hiberate, etc. Should I consider taking Java Certifications. I hope you guys understand my situation. What should I do?
 
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Calvin,
Why Java? If you got a job developing in, say Ruby, what's wrong with that?

Yes, you should take a job in any language. It is easier to witch language than start with no experience. You'll change languages many times in your career anyway. You'll also use many languages over the course your career.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Calvin,
Why Java? If you got a job developing in, say Ruby, what's wrong with that?

Yes, you should take a job in any language. It is easier to witch language than start with no experience. You'll change languages many times in your career anyway. You'll also use many languages over the course your career.



I chose Java because that's the language I know best. I've used Java throughout my CS courses in college, but I haven't done any like huge projects with Java. I read Java is an open language like you can make mobile application, desktop applications, web applications, and many more. I don't have any Ruby knowledge, so that's why I wouldn't choose that area right now. I also know PHP. I made my own website in PHP. I don't want go down with PHP in the long run though. I've read many people's comments saying that PHP are only used in small-medium businesses and the pay-rate for PHP developers aren't as great as other languages. The first job I got out of college was using PHP specifically working with eCommerce. Then, I got laid off in like 2 months. Because of that, I feel like PHP jobs aren't stable and they don't value their developers. I'm just afraid once I choose PHP to start with, how am I suppose to transition to let's say Java jobs or other languages. Should I just find a PHP job just for the experience right now? Any other thoughts are appreciated.
 
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Hi Calvin,

You might brush up your Java skills so that you are interview-ready. Also, a basic certification might help you (but do so in parallel to your job search - you might get job even before you clear certification).

Apart from that, I agree with Jeanne's reply. Almost all the times, there's no guarantee which language or technology you land in your first job.

So - to get deeper understanding of programming concepts in general, and displaying flexibility to work in any language/technology would also be helpful. You can (and mostly will) change language/technology later on.

I hope this helps.

All The Best!
 
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