Originally posted by Ragupathi Natarajan:
I would like to make a point here from a production support analyst point of view.I think the below are the main advantages of being in support.
* You will get a oppurtunity to understand the business process very closely.
* You are analytical skill,technical will improve.
* You will come to know the holistic view of the whoole project.
I know many of the designers, architects, consulatants in my company are started their career as a production support analyst.They have very good knowledge of technical as well as business.
We may work in various technologies, but at the end of the day everybody is delevering for business.So defenitely business knowledge would be beneficial.
I would suggest you to work as a production support analyst for some time before you become a designer.
Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:
Unless you have a signed contract with them, you're going to have trouble collecting what you think they owe you.
If you feel they've gone beyond a transition period (e.g. a few questions where the new guy just hasn't been there long enough to know) and you feel that you should be compensated, you should contact your previous manager and propose a consulting raangement with him. Negotiate an hourly rate and billing cycle (e.g. you send them one bill very month). He he disagrees, stop taking their calls and emails.
Originally posted by Ken Blair:
I would say you can follow pretty much the same if not exactly the same guidelines. I would also say that I am definitely not an expert. This seems more a general Java question better suited for the Intermediate forum though as it really has nothing to with Swing, but Java in general.
Originally posted by Kay Liew:
You will have a better chance than fresh college graduate who has no working experience. With the cert, you have proven to have a basic knowledge about Java and plenty knowledge that not used in real world. Second, you have shown you passion toward the technology. I think enthusiast towards a particular technology is the most valuable. So, with the cert. you have a better chance of getting into any programming jobs industry (not just java).
Originally posted by shay Aluko:
My advice to you is to "begin with the end in mind"--where do you see yourself in five years , tem years etc. I have been there and I have worked in biggest companies out there. Staking your career on Java or some transient technology is a mistake.I my honest opinion, you are looking to stake your career on something that's a commodity. You would have been better off taking the time to get a some industry specific education like a
an degree finance/accounting/healthcare etc than pounding the pavement to get a job that is in danger of being offshored.
just my $.02
Originally posted by Warren Dew:
I think the key statistic from the Berkeley data is this: in 2000, 73% of the graduates got jobs, and only 8% were looking but hadn't got one; in 2003, only 41% got jobs, and 26% were looking but hadn't got one. And I have to believe that some who looked for jobs and didn't get them, instead didn't turn in the survey (the response rate dropped from 56% to 46%) or went to grad school or "other endeavors" instead (went from 12% to 26%). So I think the 2003 salaries listed are inflated, because Berkeley isn't averaging in the zero salaries of people who don't have jobs.
To put it another way, if you interpolate/extrapolate the median salary for the 81% actually looking for jobs in 2000, along with the 67% actually looking in 2003, you get something like the following:
2000: $61,241 -- inflated by bubble
2003: $44,796 -- deflated by burst
If you look at all respondents, only 45% in 2003 have jobs, so the median is unemployed, or maybe living on a graduate school stipend - in either case far less than $45k. $60k is not a reasonable estimate of the "market rate" in this environment - $40k actually sounds much closer.
I would add a couple of things:
The formatting and layout of your resume seems good. However, when I read it, it seems devoid of actual Java coding - JSP doesn't really count. Your resume actually looks stronger on the database side. If you truly love programming in Java, I'd recommend spending some time writing Java programs, even if for free - join an open source project, or find a good cause and start one yourself, or even just work on something you'd enjoy doing as a private project.
The other thing I would recommend is leaving the customer support work for the work with CIS. At least you'll be programming and gaining experience with working with real code in a production environment, even if it's not in your favorite language. And since it's a contract position, you needn't feel guilty about leaving in six months or a year if you get a better offer.
(And if any of CIS's clients get successful enough that they need to move to something more robust than PHP/MySQL, you'll be in a good position to help them move to Java/Oracle.)[/QB]
Originally posted by Ron Moddesette:
I can understand your frustration with the job situation. I would suggest working on your communication and people skills. If you can't convey your technical knowledge to the people who are hiring, they'll never know what they're missing.
Your comments on the Polish guy are irrelevant to finding a job. The office politics you are describing are present in every industry as politics are just part of the human condition.
Originally posted by keerthidhar dongre:
Product certifications? hmm. They dont seem to be as hot as certifications related to a Language or Operating System or a Database. A recent survey on certcities.com does not list any product certification in Top 10.
But I am curious to know the benefits of getting certified in Websphere.