Originally posted by Patricia Anderson:
In my experience three things are important: a solid university degree (and it helps if you graduated from a reputable university), work experience(and it helps to work for a good company), and certification.
Patricia - Do you think that the university degree must be in CS? I am one of those career changers with a degree (a few in fact) from solid schools, but not in CS. I got my computer training at a "lowly" local tech school. A friend of mine with a Masters in EE said this would not matter in my case. Since I have already
proven myself both academically and professionally in another field, the fact that I went to a tech school makes no difference; all that matters is that I have skills. Any thoughts?
When I had the first two, I scoffed at the third. In reality I was bitter, angry, and afraid. Bitter because a colleague was chosen for promotion instead of me -- and all things equal the guy with certification got the promotion. Angry because I spent a lot of money, a lot of real hard school work for five years; and guys at work with certification seemed to get more recognition. Afraid -- to take the certification exam (university reputation at stake).
Today I am certified. I am so proud to have all three: a university degree, experience, and certification. But now, I love the pin the most.
Originally posted by ersin eser:
well just don't give up.
I have a technical school degree in IT field + college degree from unrelated field . I got a job at my very first interview and it is Java related . And the company is kind enough to send me ( entry level ) to J2ME training
Just don't wait, go for it.