As I may have mentioned in a previous post, I've got a great friend who is looking for a career change, and is interested in getting into the IT field, specifically, in the capacity of a Java developer, programmer and architect.
Build Your IT Credentials
Of course, to get a job in any field, you need knowledge, AND you need credentials. Your credentials can be anything from university degrees, technical publications, work history and college diplomas. The better your credentials, and the better your resume looks, the better off you'll be when you finally hit the job market.
Think About Your Fantasy Resume
That's why I always say that when you're starting off, you should put together a fantasy resume. You know, put together a resume that you'd love to have in two, three or four years time. Stack it with all sorts of Java, IBM, Sun and Microsoft certifications. Put a computer science degree from your favorite university down in there, and even throw on a few college certifications. Then, work towards it! Think about all of the things you'll need to do to obtain those credentials that would make up a fantasy resume.
Work Towards Bringing Your Career Dreams to Fruition
Take little steps everyday towards making that fantasy resume your own. That could mean signing up for a Java course at the local college, or it could mean doing some mock Java certification exams online. Every time you do somthing that gets you a little bit closer to making that fantasy resume your own, it's a victory, and you can feel proud of yourself about the fact that you've moved yourself to where you really want to be in life. Each little step is a victory.
If You Build It They Will Come For You
Put together that fanstasy resume. It's a great motivator, and one day, if you really work on it, that fantasy resume will come to fruition, and every employer in the job market will be fighting over you!