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How do I secure a carrer in Software/Database design

By jaydgncali ·
I recently completed courses at a technical school for C++, Visual Basic, Oracle, SQL and other courses in an attempt to enter the IT industry. Unfortunately this does not seem to be the correct course. I have been searching for jobs in the IT industry now for two years. I was able to find employment with a small company beginning September of 2002 but the amount of money was not great enough for me to keep up with the bills I encurred while going to school. I am still hoping to find a way into the industry but have not even received a response from any companies I have applied to. If anyone has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help.
Jason Holden

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to How do I secure a carrer ...

TR's recent articles about improving your CV they have some great ideas on how to make yourself more presentable. It is somewhere here on this site so spend a bit of time looking around for it and then following what it suggests.

There is also an employment page here at TR at

http://techupdate.zdnet.com/techupdate/filters/careers/0,15268,6024208,00.html

so you could have a look there as well but I'd get my CV in order first before you attempt any more jobs. But you must remember that someone who is still studing will never get as much as the person with the degre and letters after their name so you can't expect top dollar for your work while you're still at school and it doesn't matter if you can do the job better than the person with the initials as they will always get the preference.

I know it's not the perfect answer but it is real and just a fact of life so you may just have to live with it until you finish your school.

I can remember living very close to the bone while I was at school and even after I got my first PhD I didn't get all that much money either it takes time and as you progress up the food chain you'll get better money and eventually you'll end up getting better money but it will never be enough for what you think you are worth as most people have unrealistic ideas of what they should be earning and believe that the world ows them a living rather than having to work for what they get.

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