5 yr break in software career

By felsi felsi Points: 30 | Level: Starter | Status: [Member]
Posted on: 10/27/2010 12:38:46 AM | Views: 2985 | Points: 30
I worked as software engineer in a mnc for 3 years.I got recruited through campus selection.After that for
five years i didnt work to take care of my kids.Now my kids started their schooling and i want to continue
my career.Iam in sharjah and registered in naukrigulf,monstergulf etc..I have been sending job applications
to the companies here..but no response..i applied in small (10 people) companies and also in big ones.
I applied for fresher posts and senior posts.But not even an interview call is recieved.Before trying for the job
i took microsoft certification in asp.net with a score of 98%.And iam building online shopping cart in asp.net 4.0
to get myself updated.This whole year i spent sending job applications ,seeking friends help to get appointed as fresher
in software field.Iam ready to work with zero salary and in any IT division of a small company..but no response..
so i tried applying to fresher jobs in bangalore through naukri and other jobsites...there also no response..
What should i do..I want to make a decision before new year.If there is no point in job hunting,i should
change by funtional area.Iam a civil engineering graduate.Should i try for that?Please advice me..Am in dilemma.

Sainath's Advice on Sunday, October 31, 2010 :

Irrespective of whether you continue trying for a break in IT or try a hand in Civil Engineering the problem will exist in both areas. The basic problem here is the 5 year break but this is not the real problem. The real problem is the fact that you directly got a job through campus recruitment - sometimes the best of initial advantages can deny us those important lessons which actually will help us a great deal in the long run. Please do not get me wrong here - the problem you are facing is that probably you have never been in a situation before where you really had to struggle to get a job. Consequently, you may not understand the process of going through the inevitable pain of rejections.

This is a law of nature - PAIN PRECEDES GAIN. The classic example from nature - it is the inevitable struggle which actually converts a caterpillar into a butterfly. If a person cuts open a cocoon and tries to release the butterfly he will actually have killed the butterfly because it is the pain of struggle which transforms a caterpillar into a butterfly.

Right now the market is strong for .Net 4.0, Linq, Entity framework, Silverlight, WCF,WPF and WWF. While this list is huge in itself these technlogies are not too complex to master. Add a bit of classic OOAD, Design Patterns, understanding of architectural styles, etc and there is no way a person cannot get a job.Even here one will need to go through the pain of learning something from scratch.

Put your skills under the magnifying glass in comparision with what the market needs and be a little ruthless, you will find the answers. It is unrealistic to expect to get a break only based on 1 certification. Rather, if you build your skills beyond what the market expects you will always be in demand - boom or recession.But this would require you to have a long term focus, take daily action (habit) on improving skills, not judge your efforts too soon, take market rejections as feedback (because that is what they really are), and keep making corrections and continue moving.

Is there an alternative to this - none, in my opinion.


Sainath Sherigar,

Felsi said on Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Thank you very much for your inspiring advice.I decided to
put more efforts in learning .Net 4.0, Linq, Entity framework, Silverlight, WCF,WPF and WWF.
In the meantime i got an offer to develop a friend's office website.
They registered a new domain with 35$ per year.Should i take up this website development?Iam not confident.They require six page
website.Could i do it in asp.net using visual webdeveloper 2010 and sql express?Please mention where can i get the information on step
by step website building and publishing.Once i publish can i alter the website by republishing?Pls advice me.

Sainath's Advice on Wednesday, November 03, 2010 :

If I were in your position I would pick up this project. But I would treat as a professional project where failure to deliver would have implications attached and would attach strict deadlines to it to push myself.

For reference purpose, you can use "Beginning ASP.NET 4: In C# and VB - by Imar Spaanjaars". The book assumes zero background and should get you started off right, and you will also regain your confidence over time. Moreover, it handholds you through creating a web site which will serve your purpose.

Sainath Sherigar

Felsi said on Sunday, January 02, 2011

thanks for the boosting advice.My website is rdy
I attended a dotnet interview in a mnc,sharjah this month.Though
iam not selected my confidence level improved.
Trying hard to get a job..

Sainath's Advice on Sunday, January 23, 2011 :
Now that you have started moving in the right direction - your confidence will improve with every next step that you take. However, a word of caution. You may, in fact, you will still face stiff resistance at the final point i.e. clearing the final interview rounds and getting a break. All I can say is that from now on you have to hear the feedback carefully, keep making small improvements and aim for the next interview. Do this enough number of times and you should eventually get through. ALL THE BEST !

"Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it."
    - Sir Winston Churchill

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