How to get into e-commerce

My aim is to get into e-commerce in some form and would like to know what would be a suitable approach into this field. Is there any type of self-study I should be engaging myself in?

I am 28 years old and have solid experience of development in Tandem and also high profile support and consultancy work. My aim is to get into e-commerce in some form and would like to know what would be a suitable approach into this field. Is there any type of self-study I should be engaging myself in (Java perhaps)? Also, I would like to make use of my IT experience rather than start at a junior graduate level all over again.

Good prospects, choose Java!

I understand your interest in moving into the e-commerce arena - it certainly is the area where our industry is focusing, and the skills shortages are set to continue over the next few years.

I do not believe that you will have to start as a trainee again - although it is worth mentioning that we still encounter a reluctance to cross-train new starters with many companies. With over seven years of development, support and consultancy experience your career choices may be varied - as a developer, a business analyst or project manager - all of these are key roles needed for successful e-commerce implementations.

If you are keen to maintain your development skills, I agree that Java is a good skill to acquire (the fastest rising according to the latest SSP/Computer Weekly survey) - there are many courses available and you will need to assess a few for content and level of programming skill needed.

In summary, it is an excellent area to target and will ensure long-term career development - the key is for you now to decide what sort of role to pursue and, if it is development, select a suitable Java course.

Solution by Michael Bennett, director, Best People

The panel consists of Elan, Best International Group, Computer Futures, Computer People, Apex, Monarch Recruitment, ITNTO and Capita Tomkins

This was last published in April 2000

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