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