Is it worth applying for jobs if you only know Java?

Updated on : January 17, 2022 by Zak Riley



Is it worth applying for jobs if you only know Java?

Any questions about whether applying for a job is worthwhile should first be considered in the context of your own professional development. I am not going to go as far as professional coaches in stating that you need to "own" your "brand" as an applicant, but I will point out that personal development should be an immediate consideration.

If you are happy to be a Java developer, and the job you are applying for is Java development, this is a great option (and it will most likely work). However, keep in mind that a fundamental question that will arise as you advance in your career is "why do you only know Java?".

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Any questions about whether applying for a job is worthwhile should first be considered in the context of your own professional development. I am not going to go as far as professional coaches in stating that you need to "own" your "brand" as an applicant, but I will point out that personal development should be an immediate consideration.

If you are happy to be a Java developer, and the job you are applying for is Java development, this is a great option (and it will most likely work). However, keep in mind that a fundamental question that will arise as you advance in your career is "why do you only know Java?".

While it doesn't happen often, companies sometimes need to switch technology. A deeper understanding of programming will allow you to choose another language much easier than starting from scratch, as well as improving your code for Java.

So is it worth it? Sure why not. The theory is great, the practice is invaluable. But don't just look for "a job" - consider how this helps you learn and develop skills, Java and otherwise, as they will come in handy both in that job and the next.

If the question is whether to apply now or study more, my personal opinion is to finish a degree, I always like to see things that are finished, but, after that, there is no reason not to do both. Apply for a job and keep developing; if the former works great, if not then the latter should make it happen.

"Interviewing" is a skill.

The more you interview, the greater the chances of improving your skill level.

Yes, apply for the Java jobs.

Also request others.

I was once offered a job in a Java store. But I have never programmed in Java. The hiring manager and I had worked as co-workers. He new my analytics and programming after two years. I knew I could learn Java in weeks.

The ability to perform deep analytical thinking and programming is independent of computer language. Expand your horizons. Learn new languages.

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