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How do I know if my skills are enough for a programming job?

 
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I'm in my second year of university, and I would like to get a partial-time job as soon as possible, as I'm getting old (24).
How do I know if my knowledge is enough for a job? What should I be able to do with the language? (Java)
 
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Aron Gaspar wrote:. . . . as I'm getting old (24). . . .

24? Old? Hahahahahahahahaha!

See what part‑time jobs are being advertised in your area, and what skills they require. How long is your course? How long do you still have to go before graduation? Do you have an industrial placement as part of your course?
Be careful that you don't bite off more than you can chew; a part‑time job might interfere with your University work.
 
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I would agree with Campbell.  24 is nowhere near old.  I didn't get into IT until i was 32, which was around the time you were born...

One could argue that NOBODY'S skill are enough for a programming job.  the field is constantly changing.  If you are not constantly learning, you rapidly become obsolete.

Most Universities (at least as far as i know) have some kind of job/career center.  Find out if yours does and if so, go talk to them. They would know more about your local area, what companies hire interns, or graduates, or even part time students.  Another thing you can do is look for local professional organization.  There may be a local Java club, or IT Security group, or something like that in-line with your interests.  Networking is key, and those are great places to do that.
 
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Reminds me of Isaac Asimov's first published story, done when he was a teenager and referencing the protagonist as nearly being "an old man of 30".

Although, come to think of it, my first encounter with age discrimination came when I was still in my 30's.  

The best bet for this sort of thing would be an internship. They'd be more likely to offer a tech job and wouldn't expect much knowledge. Of course, they'd likely also not pay anything to speak of. But the idea is to get your foot in the door, which for most of us requires practically demanding a job at gunpoint. Although to be fair, in the USA, we like to do things at gunpoint.

Definitely look at social networking. Social and IT don't go together very well, no one knows better than me - I didn't have to change my life in the slightest for the COVID lockdown. But virtually every job I've ever had was found via social contacts. And the one exception (via a headhunter) was the worst employer I ever had.
 
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Thanks a lot for the answers.
I have around 1.5-2 years until graduating.
The problem with university offered internships, is that those jobs are not really in my interests.
You see, I am studying economic/business IT, which don't focus neither on business and programming.
However I got a heavy interest in programming, and I would like to focus on it, so I can't really use the usual internship offers in my uni.
That's why I don't know what I need, because originally we are not supposed to learn programming that hard, but I want to.
So far we learned Java and SQL.
Next semester we will learn object oriented programming.
 
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Aron Gaspar wrote:I'm in my second year of university, and I would like to get a partial-time job as soon as possible, as I'm getting old (24).
How do I know if my knowledge is enough for a job? What should I be able to do with the language? (Java)



Create sample projects using the technologies you have learnt.If you are able to do that using your knowledge ,you are doing good. Also ,one can't keep thinking whether knowledge is enough.Just get on with it. One always has to keep leaning after all.
 
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