Firstly, if this is in the wrong section then please accept my apologies and move to somewhere more appropriate. Thanks!
I find myself in the position of being made redundant at work, where I work as a Support Analyst for bespoke products. I have an interest in programming and have had experience in the following languages:
C - I've written an application in C (I've separated this from the above as this was not a Web-based program) - again, hobbyist experience.
Oracle SQL - I've done some scripting in SQL and PL/SQL in a commercial environment, but it was a few years ago now. With a bit of brushing up I don't think I'd have a problem being able to get back into it.
MS SQL - Querying databases and a little bit of T-SQL, not as extensive but more recent than the Oracle experience
I've also dabbled in Lua on a Ubuntu platform (Conky).
Unfortunately, I've not touched Java, not really. But I'd probably not have too many issues picking it up based on the other languages I've worked with.
The two problems I'm consistently finding in job adverts are as follows:
1) "You will have had 2 or 3 years commercial experience" - trouble is, how do you get that experience if nobody is prepared to give you a chance?
2) for some bizarre reason, there is always, Always, ALWAYS one technology in the "required skills" section that I've never even heard of. The most recent one was SASS (not SaaS, Software as a Service) - Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets.
Does anybody have any advice that might help me get into this field?
The other thought that occurs to me is to do a DBA course to become a DBA somewhere...
Edited by Angoid, 31 May 2017 - 03:20 AM.