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I'm English and been living in central Europe for most of my adult life. More recently, I've been having high hopes in a degree in Informations Systems Management and a few months Java training to get into a job as software developper.

However, it seems the lack of relevant job experience and age (just turned 36) could form a serious obstacle and cause all of this effort to go to waste. A contact got into a job in London with little formal training so I'm wondering if I should contemplate getting experience overseas.

The alternative would do my best to get a position here and perhaps continue with a Master's degree (education is dirt cheap). However, if things don't work out on the job front I fear that I may be sabotaging my chances of getting a good career off the ground.

What do you think? Have you been down this road or know someone who has? Would a profile like mine stand a better chance in some countries you know?

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Come to Germany and I'll find you a job if you can just spell the word computer. –  Falcon Aug 19 '11 at 7:36
If that's a serious offer we should connect up. My contact info is in my profile and I'm willing to get in touch if there's a means of contacting you. –  James Poulson Aug 19 '11 at 19:12
I wan't dead serious but you'd have good chances on the market with that BSc. Most companies here have a hard time finding any IT employees. Many companies also have adopted english as their company language, because there're many Polish and Russian people in IT. –  Falcon Aug 20 '11 at 11:01
I gathered as much ;) . It's reassuring to hear that opportunities do exist. I'm not a quitter but it would be an intelligent step to take advantage of my background if needed. –  James Poulson Aug 20 '11 at 18:25

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I'm not a geo-location education expert but...

I think maybe with European settings might be more focused on education certifications plus experience...

I would say continue with your Masters because if you stop studying you will have wasted the time already spent on it.

Then if all else fails head back to London (or even Australia ;) ) and work your way from there

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Hi MattyD. I agree with focus being on education and picked up studies again for that same reason. I forgot to mention that I'm going through a "Haute Ecole" (more professionally orientated) so the degree stands on it's own. This means I'd have to do an extra prepatory year but continuing with a Masters would be tempting as I have a genuine interest in CS. Thanks for your feedback. I'll be looking forward to drawing up some plan Bs. –  James Poulson Aug 20 '11 at 18:33

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