I’ve posted on here before asking about peoples experiences teaching English via JET or private companies as a way to get into the country.
However, I feel that my professional developer skills are becoming very niche. Right now I develop customizations for the Netsuite ERP system. Good money and job security here in the United States, but Netsuite development requires strong knowledge of their closed-source tools and systems. Heck, it even has it’s own (lousy) system on top of SQL for database queries.
Originally, I thought this job would be much like a web development role and I could continue honing the web development skills I gained from my internships in college. This seemed good since I would then have experience with very popular tools and frameworks.
Many people say programs like JET tend to give you a lot of downtime. I figure I could use that time to get more into things like Angular 4 and whatever else I find interesting. However, given that I’ve only graduated 8 months ago, I don’t really have a good frame of reference for what qualifies as a resume-worthy side project or GitHub profile. The LAST things I would want would be to spend a year teaching English, find out whatever app or blog/site I made isn’t attention-worthy, and then go home to a year long gap without any professional dev work and a set of skills all around a system/platform I want to get away from. Am I worrying too much or am I in over my head? Better yet, is it possible that Netsuite is an in-demand niche like it is in the United States? Oracle did buy them a year ago for a cool $9 billion…