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Lucy Oleschuk
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Landing Your First Job After Graduation

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At CodeGym, we rarely see a student who came to learn Java just for fun. The vast majority of them wanted to become professional developers and earn good money for a living. And it’s not a secret that Java jobs are on the rise with so many opportunities due to Java’s high popularity and demand. Actually, Java is one of the mainstream programming languages with fantastic career prospects, so it can be a great starting point for any beginner. But is it that easy to land your first job after graduation? How long will it take? Landing Your First Job After Graduation - 1

Java Junior Skillset

Even though there are no prerequisites to learn to code, the studyng process may take you much longer if Java is your first programming language. You can expect to spend months or even years learning Java job skills. Basically, to get an entry-level job as a Junior Java specialist, you’ll need the following skills:
  • Impeccable knowledge of Java syntax
  • Understanding the differences between types of objects
  • Coding practices (organizing the code into packages and/or writing unit tests)
  • Core Java (OOP and its principles, Collection, Multithreading, String, handling exceptions, loops, and data types)
  • JAR library
  • Design patterns including MVC, Facade, and DAO
For web development, be ready to additionally learn:
  • HTTP protocol
  • HTML and CSS
  • SQL databases
  • XML and web services
  • Logging framework
That just being said, good knowledge is just half battle won. That’s why we have prepared the following articles that may come you in great handy:

From Resume to Interview

Once you're done with the course (or you're already at 30+ level), it's high time to think about writing a resume and a cover letter. Try to highlight your strengths and specific skills required for a specific job offer in your CV. Don't write something vague like "I know Java"but mention Core Java with add-ons. This and many other useful hints, you can find in the following articles:Even if you fail an interview, don’t give up. It’s quite normal to get rejected after your first interview and land your dream job after a dozen of them. Just analyze each of your interviews and make the knowledge gap smaller with each new one.

Career Plan

When you finally get hired, don’t set the bar too low. There is plenty of opportunities and extra skills you may need to require. And the following articles can help set you above the competition:

Bonus Tips: Motivation

What always pushes us forward is motivation. And the following shortlist can cheer you up when you feel frustrated or get stuck at some point.

Final Thoughts

No denying, getting your first job can be tricky. Competition is really tough, not to mention the fact that most IT companies look for Java specialists with some level of experience. However, if you play your cards right and stick to our suggestions, we believe landing your first job won’t take you a lot of time. By following the above-given hints and demonstrating your motivation, as well as a positive attitude, you will surely stand out as an excellent candidate. So, all good luck! YOU are worth the best job! Landing Your First Job After Graduation - 2