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Hi all,
I currently live in Italy and I am looking for a Java Job in Ireland.
I have around 10 years of experiences in IT jobs, in chronological order:

  • 5 years in PHP backend and frontend with css, html and javascript (jquery)
  • 4 years Java SE and EE (spring, jms, hibernate, etc), I wrote a lot of Servlet for external company
  • 1 year and half (last job) Verification Engineer in a Agile team for the Continuos Integration (jenkins, script, machine, repo configuration, maven issue, etc)


  • I am loosing confident about software developer role, because Continuos Integration is not a developer role and I am just sometimes writing scripts not real java code.
    I was scared and I started to study for oracle 803 and I took it.

    My problem is:
    about PHP role, I don't remember so much, It is gone more than 5 years the technologies are changed, etc.
    About Java role, I used all infrastructure but I didn't create from zero a new java ee world.
    about last job (CI) I don't like it...

    I decided to keep a lower profile but when the recruiters look at my profile submit me for a senior java role but I prefer to look to a junior role with not so much money.
    I think I will have to take what I worth as soon as I will fit with environment and I will improve my english.
    I am not confident about hibernate, spring from zero, so I am studying.

    What do you advise to me for:
    -find a job quickly
    -improve my career (Java EE or spring? other?)

    I want to take oracle 804 but it is missing something of enterprise...

    Any suggestions or advise are so appreciated.

    Sorry for my english.
    Thanks
    Danilo
     
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    Any particular reason for wanting to come to Ireland?

    In Belfast, Northern Ireland, the company I work for are always recruiting Software Engineers:

    www.cmegroup.com/belfast

    We even have a couple of guys from Italy working here
     
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    Tim Cooke wrote:Any particular reason for wanting to come to Ireland?



    I have some reasons:
  • the situation of jobs here where I am living is very poor. I can realistic make more than double of what I am making right now (money)
  • loads IT jobs in Ireland
  • improve my english
  • new experience that put myself to the limit, I mean It will be a hard but very good experience for me
  • I want to show to myself that I can do this
  • last but not least: love


  • I think that I need to choose a role for my career...I did php than java than Verification Engineer...I am not senior in no roles...I know a lot of things but not in depth...
     
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    Well best of luck in your search.

    If you're looking at Dublin, be aware that the cost of living there is crazy expensive. Be sure to take that into account when setting your salary expectations.
     
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    someone other else that can advise me?

     
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    What other advice are you looking for?

    You've decided you want to work as a Software Engineer.
    You've decided you want to work in Ireland.
    Great, so go and do that.

    Danilo Fava wrote:
    What do you advise to me for:
    -find a job quickly

    Apply for jobs now.

    Danilo Fava wrote:
    What do you advise to me for:
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    -improve my career (Java EE or spring? other?)

    Get a job doing what you enjoy. You'll be super motivated and career success will easily follow.
     
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    Danilo,
    it looks to me the priority for you is to find a job.
    You have 5 years of PHP on your shoulders and it is a skill super requested.
    you do not feel confident on PHP today, so just study a bit to fill the gap as PHP is really simple for Java people, and take a job to Dublin as PHP developer, once there will be easy for you to make moves with your CV.
     
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    Giovanni Montano wrote:Danilo,
    it looks to me the priority for you is to find a job.
    You have 5 years of PHP on your shoulders and it is a skill super requested.
    you do not feel confident on PHP today, so just study a bit to fill the gap as PHP is really simple for Java people, and take a job to Dublin as PHP developer, once there will be easy for you to make moves with your CV.



    Yeah my priority is to find a job..
    I prefer java than php also I used java in last years and not php...

    If you need to choose between php or java...what will you choose?
     
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    Tim Cooke wrote:What other advice are you looking for?

    You've decided you want to work as a Software Engineer.
    You've decided you want to work in Ireland.
    Great, so go and do that.



    Yeah I decided that! But I need to find a job. It is not a easy task.

    Tim Cooke wrote:Get a job doing what you enjoy. You'll be super motivated and career success will easily follow.


    Yeah of course, But If I have to do a good interview as well! It seems that there is a lot of competition there for jobs!
     
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    I don't know about Dublin, but in Belfast there are many more Java jobs than there are people to fill them.

    One way to guarantee that you won't get a job, is to not apply for any jobs.
     
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    Danilo Fava wrote:. . .

  • last but not least: love

  • . . .

    Does that mean you love Ireland? Or have you got a woman in Ireland?

    Whichever it is, you should work out how to explain that. Either (if used correctly) will make you look better because it is an explanation for going to Ireland.
     
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    Danilo Fava wrote:[
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    If you need to choose between php or java...what will you choose?


    which color was the white horse of Napoleon?
    what do you expect I would reply you?
    it is a forum for fanatic JAVA users, that will continue to love it, even if the coffee will disappear from the logo!
     
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    Giovanni Montano wrote:

    Danilo Fava wrote:[
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    If you need to choose between php or java...what will you choose?


    which color was the white horse of Napoleon?
    what do you expect I would reply you?
    it is a forum for fanatic JAVA users, that will continue to love it, even if the coffee will disappear from the logo!



    Yeah you are right. I prefer java as well!
     
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    Campbell Ritchie wrote:Does that mean you love Ireland? Or have you got a woman in Ireland?

    Whichever it is, you should work out how to explain that. Either (if used correctly) will make you look better because it is an explanation for going to Ireland.



    I meant that I have a woman that I love in Ireland. also I like Ireland. It is also for career.
     
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    Giovanni Montano wrote:it is a forum for fanatic JAVA users


    Not exclusively. We are CodeRanch and we love all sorts of programming languages, but primarily we are about the discussion and propagation of good quality software engineering practices.
     
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    Danilo Fava wrote:I meant that I have a woman that I love in Ireland


    Ok, so that significantly narrows down your geographical job search area. Where in Ireland are you planning on moving to? That will help put some scope around your job search.
     
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    You need to be careful what you say, but if you apply for a job in town X, you can legitimately say that Francesca (or whatever she is called) has gone there. If you do it right, the potential employer will perceive that as a good reason for applying to them. If you tell them you are fond of the area and would like to settle down there, that is another reason for going there.

    If you explain it right you can make yourself more attractive to employers in that particular district when they ask, “What brought you to Ireland?”
     
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    Tim Cooke wrote:

    Giovanni Montano wrote:it is a forum for fanatic JAVA users


    Not exclusively. We are CodeRanch and we love all sorts of programming languages, but primarily we are about the discussion and propagation of good quality software engineering practices.


    mmh ok! I see, but there is a weak point. Instead of a Blackberry subforum, where the last post was at beginning of April, we could maybe make a general sw design subforum:) especially now that Blackberry will be with Android. Won't be more interesting to interlink all the different (non functional) programmers in a great global variables vs singleton discussion for instance?
     
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    Campbell Ritchie wrote:You need to be careful what you say, but if you apply for a job in town X, you can legitimately say that Francesca (or whatever she is called) has gone there. If you do it right, the potential employer will perceive that as a good reason for applying to them. If you tell them you are fond of the area and would like to settle down there, that is another reason for going there.

    If you explain it right you can make yourself more attractive to employers in that particular district when they ask, “What brought you to Ireland?”



    thanks for the advice. My plan is to wait up to I will have less than 1 month before to come in Ireland.
    I noticed that I have lost some opportunities because I said to recruiments that I had 2 months of notice..
     
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    You can always self-study and brush-up to build your confidence
     
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