I work for a very reputed MNC in a South-indian Metro. I joined the company as a fresher, and am still in the same Prod Support proj for the past 20 months. I am from a Non-IT background. So, I was not very good at Java. Later, after I got into this project, I never got any chance to look into the code. All I do is call the US clients, ask what their issue is, look into a document, follow what it says and close the issue (ticket). Since it has been 20 long months now, I have totally lost touch of Java. I am no better than a 12th Std guy.
What is bothering me here is, 'IS MY CAREER RUINED NOW'? When I look for opportunities outside my company, they look for coding/programming/development experience. Since I have become a senior member of my team, I am not being released either from my current project.
Unlike other prod support projects, the one I work in is very hectic. We have very stringent SLAs to meet, and not a very co-operative on-site team. We work round the clock. There is no much time to concentrate on other stuffs. I have completed SCJP and will soon complete SCWCD. But, I don't feel these certifications carry any value. Hands-on experience is being given more importance!!
So, my situation is : "A guy with 2 yrs experience in Java, but who hasn't coded even a hello world once in his life"
Please advise me what to do now? How to proceed.. Is my career totally Ruined???
[ June 04, 2008: Message edited by: James Branson ]