I am Kavita .I have completed my M.C.A. in the year 2002.I have developed some Visual Basic Projects.I have an interest tpwards mainframes do I had learnt mainframes but none of the firms are taking professionals with zero years of mainframes experience .I ma very tensed regarding my career ,Can u'll please give me ur valuable suggestions.
Joined: 26 Apr 2004 Posts: 4650 Location: Raleigh, NC, USA
Kavita, obviously it is going to be difficult for any member of this forum to offer any specific assistance, as there is no way any of us can know the specifics of your circumstances, your local job market, your level of knowledge, and prior work experience that you may possess that might help with your career aspirations.
I'm sure that you are aware that the IT industry has been losing ground for, at least, the last decade, and that the outlook for the immediate future does not appear to offer much hope. A particually hard-hit area in IT has been programming, i.e. those folks whose jobs are to code programs and write applications. With more and more companies buying ready-to-run software from vendors, there is less of a need than ever for companies to develop their own products in-house. For what is left, more emphasis is being given to a person's general skills. For example, most companies are now turning to IT to implement projects across a multitude of hardware, software, middleware, etc. These IT folks are now being asked to create these applications using the best means possible, which means that today, a programmer must know how to code in COBOL as well as C as well as Java as well as J2EE. These IT folks need to know how to implement a project across the entire enterprise. As a result, more and more companies are looking for those folks with a broad base of experience in multiple environments, and with a proven track record of being able to apply their background to new environments and new technologies.
Most large companies sponsor IT Universities, where they will bring in a select group of recent college graduates and lead them through a 6 to 12-month training program. These programs will typically require these rookies to participate in a variety of different positions within the IT organization, so that their particular strengths and weaknesses can be observed. During this time, the candidates will be instructed in corporate structure, standards, procedures, and how to use the various tools and techniques available witihn that shop.
If this type of internship program is not available, I usually recommend that a person just "get their foot in the door". It is usually easier to find jobs once you are inside a company, and once hired, they have many incentives to retain you as an employee.
For an IT career, I always recommend, whenever possible, to take a position a computer operator. Not only is this a good way to "get a foot in the door" of a company, but the knowledge and insight gained about the company, the infrastructure, the systems, the platforms, the common problems, knowing who the inside contacts are, the management style, and everything else are always invaluable down the road.