Just a little background before I get to the question:
Currently finishing a 2 year Higher Certificate in Computing-
Intermediate : Java, XML, XSLT, XSD, XHTML, CSS
Good understanding of networks and OS'
So My questions:
1) What is the java development / DBA entry level job odds like for me without completing the full degree (yet)?
2) Any thoughts on what other areas I should be looking into? Most job listings particularly, Java seem to include Spring/Hibernate/Struts frameworks?
3) Are there any ways I can get some small (voluntary or otherwise) projects within java to start building up a Portfolio?
Any suggestions, particularly from those within the sector would be appreciated.