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  1. Thanks for the suggestion. That's what I'll do (Xcode then Java). One more question...in job advertisements for programmers/software developers the ad always seems to want proficiency in 2 or 3 languages even though the particular task they are hiring for might require only 1. For example, a job advertising for "a java developer" might also ask for experience in "xml, .Net, embedded blah blah blah..." These secondary, or "lesser" languages--are they usually necessary for the current project, or are they languages the employer would "like to have" for future work? I'm just wondering coz if I get really proficient in Xcode and Java, I'm wondering if companies are going to want me to have "some exposure to a 3rd or 4th language. I just want to be "really prepared" and not just "marginally qualified". Thanks for all y'alls advice and support on here. It's a comfort drawing on everyone's experience and advice.
  2. Lots of info to think about guys. The most painful decision would be to work/live away from my daughter. The wife has a government career and can't leave Bkk, and although I'd be really keen on taking my daughter with me, she's just turned 7 y.o., so she's a bit young. The more I think about it, the more it seems I might ought to go the programming route. Easier said than done, but in my schooling, I did pretty well at it. I'm also going to continue my certifications in A+, Networking +, MCTS and MCITP. The wife's top notch at Delphi,ASP, php, sql, etc...(she's even taught these at the university level) so I'll look into starting on that and move into xcode and HTML5, etc...That's a LOT of programming ahead, but it sounds like my best bet to stay with my family. If I get really lucky I may be able to work for a company "telecommuting" where I don't have to check in every day. After initial project/team meetings and the periodic meeting, perhaps there are companies where I could do that. Thank you all for your input. I really do appreciate it. Oh, one last note, from the Microsoft website: MCITP, even though it is new, is being phased out, or not "renewed" as of July 2013. Everything will be funneled back into the MCSE either "on premises" or the cloud. This is new. I read their website less than 6 months ago and got a completely different story. I'll still be eligible to upgrade to MCSE with a few exams. I know this stuff goes obsolete, but before I even get it??? Sheesh! Thanks for all your input!
  3. Thank you gentlemen for responding so quickly. I waited to see if there were any late responses. If I had it to do all over again I probably would have majored in engineering. Those guys seem to get job offers everywhere. I'll keep my eyes open and browse periodically to see what kind--if any-- MS specialties are being offered to farangs. I am curious as to what kind of programmers (which languages, platforms, etc...) are available for foreigners. Clearly web-based and the fast-growing cloud and mobile stuff, I suppose. Perhaps php, .Net, sql, maybe java etc...I'd really have to put a LOT of energy into developing my programming skills, but I am certainly capable of it. I've had C++, java, SQL, COBOL, and HTML exposure, so I could probably pickup the necessary skills in relatively short time. Thanks again!
  4. Guys: I have been painfully separated from my family (Thai wife and lovely, wonderful 6 yo daughter) for about a year now. I'm back in the USA. I WAS in BKK teaching (with my family) for 8 years, but seriously burned-out on it. I made the difficult decision to come back to the USA to try and re-up my skill set in IT (I really enjoyed it and should have stuck with it) and try to come back to BKK through a western company. I wish I had done this 8 years ago. I AM currently studying for a bunch of IT certifications. I'm working on my A+, then will get my Net+. Then I'll cap it all off with a MCITP (gotta get a MCTS first). MY GOALS ARE: To become employable in BKK again and be reunited with my family. I have a BBA in Finance and Banking and a BS in Business Computer Information Systems. My 4 years in IT network support/hardware hasn't been since 2003 and I have NO certifications (yet). I won't be ready to return to Thailand (finish my education here in the USA) for probably 18-24 months or so. From everything I've ever culled off this board about "many-a-member's careers", I believe that by far my best bet will be to get hired on in the USA, or through a foreign company with offices in BKK, and THEN do an "internal transfer" through the same company into their BKK office. I would also need to be "near expert" level since many companies will hire cheaper Thai IT staff to do the low and mid-level stuff. Q1: Is the above assumption right--that this is my "best bet"? If not, what is your advice? I would really appreciate the input of you IT pros in BKK regarding the following: I have NO IDEA which area of MCITP/MCTS to specialize in. There's: windows server, mobile, embedded, windows client, virtualization, visual studio, system center, SQL server, sharepoint server, project server, lync server, and exchange server. The few job postings I've been able to find specify "Thai national", which means, of course, that I"m looking at the wrong job boards. Each area of specialization is "so specific" that I feel compelled to try and pick the one that has the greatest job demand. Q2: Of the above-mentioned MCTS/MCITP specialties, which ONE would you recommend to give me the greatest chance of landing a job in BKK? Q3: Which headhunters/job-search boards would you recommend? Q4: Seriously, what other advice might you have? No sarcasm or wise-cracks, please, as this is terribly painful for me. Also, I'm not working now, just focusing on my school, but I may take a part-time IT job, to start accumulating recent IT work experience. All I want to do is spend each passing day with that little girl of mine. She'll be 7 yo in just a few weeks and I'm missing such an important part of her life. If there was any way I could have borne the ever-increasing depression caused by teaching, I would still be in the classroom. I would be horribly miserable, but at least my family would still be together. Thanks in advance for your advice.
  5. This thread is so long, don't know if this joke is up here: What's the difference between a queer and a refrigerator? A refrigerator doesn't fart when you pull the meat out. What does a Thai have in common with billiard que ball? The harder you hit them, the better the English. What do you get when you cross a Thai boss with a Sicilian mobster? Someone who makes you an offer you can't understand.
  6. Says Fiery Jack: ...jack ... I'm the one who needs Jack, I just can't pass up one of your posts. later
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