Breaking into Web development I have 15 years' experience in IT and having had some time off after my redundancy last March, I'm keen to re-enter the job market. My experience is mainly in project implementation, analysis and programming, with a background in AS400 (Synon/2, CLP, RPG3) and Essbase. My ideal job would be to work part-time, but I can only get a full-time job or contract work. I am keen to get into Web programming and design. Would it be a good idea for me to acquire skills in XML and HTML? Also where should I get the training?
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Following a break of one year from the job market, I would advise that it is a priority to get back into mainstream work. While you would prefer part-time or homeworking, these opportunities are still rare in the IT job market and it is a more realistic option to return to full-time or contract work. This would ensure that your programming skills quickly return to speed.
The second issue is Web programming. This is a hugely popular area to be involved in. HTML (hypertext mark-up language) can be self-taught at home using manuals, and is a relatively common skill. XML (extensible mark-up language) is used to design more complex, interactive Web pages and is more difficult to learn, but is essential if you are serious about Web development.
There are a variety of courses on offer throughout the country on these technologies, and I would initially suggest contacting your local education authority for details.
Finally, to achieve a job as a Web developer it is vital that you set up some Web sites for prospective employers to visit and view your work.
Solution provided by Marie Buchanan, team leader, Monarch Recruitment
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