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Thread: What Are My First Steps to a First Job with Java Programming?

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    Default What Are My First Steps to a First Job with Java Programming?

    Hello everyone, first time user on this site and I am excited to start learning all there is to know about this field I am entering!

    A little bit of background: I am an undergraduate student in the Information Systems study track, formerly worked the first few years in my 20's in the restaurant industry. The deeper I dove, the more I hated it. I decided to re-enroll in school a year or so ago and I have been working hard studying the Java source language.

    The reason for this discussion is mainly to see what you all think should be my first steps in transitioning my part-time work to this field. I have a moderate amount of skill in the java language, and I am confident these base skills I gained while learning the syntax and general flow of the java language will help me pick up new languages in the future. Where should I look first to applying? For those of you who had a similar start to their IT-education, where did you first land a job in this field?

    Thank you for reading, hope to hear from you!

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    Default Re: What Are My First Steps to a First Job with Java Programming?

    Perhaps you could research local help desk positions to get your feet wet? I have a similar background and I did a short internship in college for a help desk. It's not Java, but it will get you started with some valuable IT skills.

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    Default Re: What Are My First Steps to a First Job with Java Programming?

    For me personally I learnt from home using a book (Deitel Java How to Program 4th Edition) then joined an online course. It all depends on your experience and knowledge of the language. One other thing to consider is what sort of area of the Java sphere you want to delve into. Is it Applets, video games or even desktop applications? Java is used less and less as a web scripting tool nowadays but does still have feet in back end development.

    If you want to get into games, then learning the Light Weight Java Gaming Library (lwjgl) is also a fantastic way to get started. Overall, you are going to need a portfolio of projects and experience before attempting to break into the JRE outside paid world. Best of luck to you.

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