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    I'm new to the forums - just thought I'd join to get some insight on other people's experiences looking for jobs in the IT sector.

    I finished University (Hertfordshire) last May and have had several interviews but no luck yet. I studied Computer Science with Software Engineering specialty in my final year and ironically, specialising in one area (Java) as I did in my final year is now proving a big hindrance as many roles on the line of Software Development now seem to require a multitude of skills, all to a high standard. On the whole it's been very frustrating for me. Lots of similar feedback of "Interviewed well but doesn't have the whole package experience-wise".

    How have the rest of you found it, what uni did you go to etc.?

    Also, any grads out there that found a job in the second year after finishing uni?

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    (Original post by DavidHD)
    I finished University (Hertfordshire) last May and have had several interviews but no luck yet. I studied Computer Science with Software Engineering specialty in my final year and ironically, specialising in one area (Java) as I did in my final year is now proving a big hindrance as many roles on the line of Software Development now seem to require a multitude of skills, all to a high standard. On the whole it's been very frustrating for me. Lots of similar feedback of "Interviewed well but doesn't have the whole package experience-wise".
    What skills are you missing?
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    Have you tried applying for internships?

    I studied Multimedia Computing at Westminster University and I am still looking for work.
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    Graduated in June last year, and was working by the 7th. Northern Ireland is crying out for Developers atm!
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    I graduated 2010 and found a Java development role at a small company soon after I graduated.

    From my experience, the key to making yourself more employable as a Java developer is to learn frameworks that are in high demand, such as Spring/Hibernate or even Android development. If you apply to a company which uses one of these frameworks, and you can show you are knowledgable about have previously developed application(s) in your spare time using them then you'll be at a massive advantage over other candidates.

    While having previous commercial experience is very important in this industry and a big advantage for anyone applying for a Junior Java development role, if you have a good portfolio of applications that are well coded then you won't be at a massive disadvantage.
 
 
 
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