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Hello!
I need help to understand what steps should I take at the moment. I finished my master of Eletrical and Computer engineering and started working 9 months ago as System tester.
I think I already have some good java programming knowledge and I know how to use some frameworks. But now i don't know what to do...
Im currently working as system tester but I think that I don't love it. I love when I start coding but my job doesn't allow it at the moment.
I want to be a java developer and i want to improve my skills. However I dont have any ideas of what to learn or do.
What projects do you recomend? What steps?
I would love to contribute to something. I don't bother to work at home and I even could work for a project without being paid, because at this moment I feel that I need to learn more.

Could some one advise me and straight up my career?

Best regards


 
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Welcome to the Ranch

We would need lots more information before we help you.
What does a system tester do? Are you testing software or hardware? What additional training have you been given, over and above your degree?
What projects have you done? What sort of project would interest you? Have you written any software to help friends or similar? What jobs are advertised in your area?

This is a very important question: what do you think would make you happy in your work? What would you be happy doing?
 
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Hello

Well my system tester job is testing the software that is developed in my company. I'm currently testing a Software Defined Networking product developed there.

After I took the master in eletrical computer engineering with specilization in Telecommunications, I soon began to start working there. During this 9 months I just trained the software and tools we use there. In terms of java, it was my first contact with it although I already had C and C++ programming experience due to some university subjects.

I have done some projects at school but with java I have done anything in particular. But during this 9 months I tried to develop my skills at home because at work I made contact with java language and loved it. I developed some small java programs by using CodeEval and HackerRank websites, and I developed some small projects like a rest client but nothing professional. :P

At my work I basically would love to work with the development team besides of just testing what they develop. I love to go to the meetings and observe the problems that they face and the approaches they take to solve the coding problems. So basically I would love to be in their position and have the knowledge that they have to be capable of finding solutions for those programming problems.

I apologize for my English but it is a little rusty

 
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Start by asking the development team about their work and say you would like to join them or transfer to their department. See what they say.
 
Joao S. Ferreira
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I already was thinking about it, but I think that at this moment I probably will not be a good addition.
I know how to program somethings at java but not like a java developer.

What could I do to boost my skills? Should I take some certifications? Or join some projects? I know that open source projects could be very helpful to learn things but choose one is cimplicated because those projects are specific to an objective. Am i wrong?
 
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