Write a web browser that actually works, sell it cheaply, and retire to Costa Rica at 42.
Seriously, you picked a lousy time to break into a new field, and that's probably more the reason for your lack of success than anything. When people with graduate degrees are happy to find work flipping burgers, a beginner doesn't stand much of a chance. Keep studying, and keep trying; this won't last forever.
In the meantime, I'd suggest creating a portfolio of websites for fictitious companies, displaying different styles, layouts, and functionality, then host them on an inexpensive but professional webhosting provider. Do some checkout carts, membership only features, fancy search stuff - anything that will demonstrate how versatile and competent you are. When you submit an application, include links to your demo sites so that potential employers can see for themselves what great things you can bring to them. I think that might well give you an edge over the competition.
Good luck! I know what it's like to be unemployed for long periods. I spent 12 long years working for minimum wage and few, if any, benefits before I found my current job. And it's by far the best job I've ever had.
"A Journey of a Thousand Rest Stops Begins with a Single Movement"
I've now enrolled on an HNC/D in computing starting September in my efforts to get a job as a web developer. The HNC, (which will include ASP.NET in Visual Basic - should be interesting as I am fluent in C#) is part-time which is a bonus as you can still sign-on and get L.E.A funding!.
I'm no good at creating a portfolio, which is one reason, I've decided to do a degree as I do like studying and I am determined to become a web developer!
When I did my MCAD in 2005, I was falsely given the impression that this accredidation would more than likely get me a sofware development job.
This was 'Computeach' and I parted with near to £4000 for the priviledge.
Don't be taken in by these I.T training providers!
I am an MCP with the 70-315 and 70-316 under my belt.
I am currently studying towards 70-536 and 70-562 to get up to speed with ASP.NET 3.5. I've studied an MCAD with Computeach in 2005-2008 and I understand HTML, AJAX, CSS and so on.
I've had a few interviews but can't get commercial experience because of lack of commercial experience.
There are also no I.T developer apprenticships for someone of 40. I tried the volunteer route for website design, but they never get back to me and think I'm overqualified.
I have some funds for training and learning purposes only.
From my perspective online training seem like logical solution for someone who has busy daily routine, but I don't have any experience with such form of education.
There are some Microsoft's programs and vast choice of other companies offering similar services, can you give me any advice or recension?
Innerworkings (http://www.innerworkings.com/) seems like a sound choice, but they do not offer SQL Server training.
Do you have suggestions?
I want to order a self-paced training kit from Microsoft,
to teach myself using .NET and write some c# code.
The exams which are currently available for becoming MCPD
are 70-536, 70-528, 70-547. These exams are currently
updated to the .NET 3.5 Framework, but I can't find any
study material to prepare myself?
Does anybody know which study material helps best, to prepare
for the exams mentioned above?
1. self paced kits are not for complete beginners, learn some C# and .net basics before ordering any certification materiel.
2. Exam 70-536 hasn't changed, and there is a plenty of booksellers who offer that book.
I passed 70-505 (Win based apps) with learning for older exam (.net 2.0) with some extra learning for specific .net 3.5 features (linq and syntax changes).
If I were you I would go for newest certification, those you have mentioned are for .net 2.0.
3. As someone already mentioned, google it.
4. When you are familiar enough with .net you can start searching for many brain dumps with exams, but that is not good way to truly learn .net, it will just help you to learn correct answers like a parrot.
I have two MCP's and studying my third. I started working with Visual Studio and the .NET framework in 2005.
I have been out of work since March. I wondered if anyone else is feeling the pinch of the recession and if so whether they have found mass uncontrolled immigration to be a factor? I recently discovered that 71% of jobs in the UK over the past 10 years have gone to those not born here!
Has anyone found getting a job here impossible due to the Indian IT industry taking UK jobs? and if so, what advice could you give?
I would start playing with web development at home. It is easy enough to get a website setup and running on your own to start learning it. I have moved from Windows apps to Web and back to windows apps depending on the job. I personally would start with web forms and ASP.NET to get going and work on in my spare time.
I was doing Windows desk top apps using C#.NET before moving on to ASP.NET apps.
The big difference to initially get your head around is the 'disconnected' state of the web page from the server and the 'life cycle' of the web page. Plus the application domain model is very different.
I need to develop an impressive portfolio to accompany my C.V. - and fast!!
My C.V is getting noticed, but because I don't yet have any commercial experience, I need to show some examples of websites/web applications that demonstrate my knowledge.
What would be an example/examples of a good problem to implement as a solution for this??
My main skills are in Winforms and Webforms .NET 1.1. But I have recently bought VS2008 and got the ASP.NET 2.0 self paced training guide.
You should pick a subject that is of interest to YOU, my son built a diving log as his training. I built a library web site for my interest (I like reading). Pick something relevant to you and build a solution to meet the needs of that interest.
Alternatively find a small/medium business that has a business problem and will donate some of their time to help build a software solution. I'm not being facetious here, building a software solution to a business problem is not just writing code. Your business is going to have to invest considerable time into the requirements and UAT of the solution for you to have an acceptable result.
20 years ago I was lucky in knowing a couple of friends that would do this
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