Also, four years ago I changed career. Not a drastic change (I do the same sort of thing, really), but moved from a commercial company to an educational charity, and had to sell myself on the basis of my transferable skills, rather than my commercial experience.
sorry Ivanhoe - didn't leave work till late(ish) they went home and stayed in in the warm.
i will be free for a short time tomorrow afternoon if that helps?
(am running the Nike 10K at 11:05 (finish at 12 is)) in Hyde Park, and am going out in the evening (about half 7), and there is washing up to do... come round if you want - i've got cider!)
Cheers, but I was busy all weekend. I was nervous on Friday night, as Hull were playing in the semi finals that evening (which they won), so the idea of a quick drink before the game was attractive. Hope to see you soon anyway
Hi Ivanhoe, I've recently been to a private career counsellor, it is a very expensive business, we're talking £75/100 per hour, and maybe it would be worth it if you have had a traditional career path (i havn't!)but i have also used a new service that learn direct are offering which is a phone service which i personally found more useful. They followed up my phone call with an 'action plan' e-mail with all the relevant contact details and they also arrange to call back at a later date to see how you're doing, i would recomend trying them before going the private route. You'll find the careers counsellor number on www.learndirect.co.uk
Ivanhoe, apart from cider making, do you have any hobbies? You read, would you like to be a literary agent or be in publishing for example? Cider making probably does have a professional side, but JonR will be sick with jealousy..he might even have a joint venture with you and Tharg....but as Lazyi said, the most unexpected corners of your life can suddenly get another perspective.
I was reading this threat for some time and decided to ask a question as you people are so nice and helpful.
My husband lost his job a year ago ( a company where he worked as IT trainer closed down) and so he decided to get deeper inside the IT business and began studying Java programming at home + doing Java online courses. He passed level 1 and he is almost ready to take Sun certified exam in Java programming but he has also been trying to get inside some company to get practical experience with Java. The problem is, that he has got knowledge, but no certificate yet and also no experience. He would do anything with Java, even voluntary for few hours a week; but every company he applies to and sends his CV they are looking for experienced Java people.
I would like to ask if someone here works for or your company employs some Java programmers, can you please advise us how to get in Java business with no experience? Thank you.