Beforehand, I'm sorry if this is not really related to Java-Gaming
but I could really need some advice from you guys, since quite a bunch of you actually earn your money with Java.
So about me, I'm 20, live in Austria and have recently finished school (polytechnic with focus on electronics). I will never ever touch electonics again... but I fell in love with programming, even though I was
really lazy on that part lately.
Since in school, you jump from one programming language to another and dont actually learn a single one of them, I decided to focus on teaching myself Java. It seemed rather easy to understand and since I already learned a bit of C# I figured Java would be perfect. (I also played a lot of Minecraft at that time. That might or might not have been another major factor
The child in me made me focus on crafting my own little games. I didn't complete a single one but I mostly experimented with tile-based stuff, platformers. Besides that I wrote my diploma in Java, a (way too) simple software to analyze the stockmarket. But hey, it was my first real program and I think it turned out pretty okay. You can take a look at it HERE
. It is written in german but there's a static in english, so everyone gets the basic idea of it. You can also look at the pictures and take a look at the source-code if you want to. I wouldn't advice the latter, unless you want to get eyecancer.
And here I am now, done with school and I think you could say "basic" knowledge of Java. Now I would like to get a job as a programmer/software developer but sadly I have to serve in the military first, for 6 months. Starting on January. So I thought about trying to get an internship at a company to gain some experience. But... what exactly do I want to do?
I think my options are rather limited since I live in austria. When I googled for job adverts in my region, the thing that came up the most was Java Web Development. Most of them demanted work experience of 3 years minimum.. and I haven't even touched any web-based stuff yet.
So now I'm kind of clueless for what to do... How do you guys earn your money? Should I try to get into Java Web Development? If yes how? Should I try to get an internship at a company that produces software since I already know the basics of Java?
I'm sure this thread wont benefit just me but also others who recently left school and try to earn their food with programming.
Help greaaaaaatly appreciated. Thank you guys