How to get into a Java developer role
I wonder if you could give me a bit of advice. I am experienced developer (over 8 years of experience) but I have mainly used systems/languages internal to the companies I have worked for. I have done some programming in Visual BAsic, Visual C++ and Java (including Servletes and JDBC). I have extensive knowledge and experience in RDBMS (mainly in Oracle DB - SQL and PL/SQL; Access; Interbase).
When I apply for any role as a developer the agencies immediately ask me how many years of experience have I got in the language and I say "about half a year in Java development" I can't progress any further and my CV never seems to get sent to companies.
There is a lot I need to learn in Java, but I have enough base knowledge to start a career in Java and I have the experience in other systems which enables me to very quickly get to learn new systems.
The big question is if I want to get a Java job in the UK, what is the best way to do it. My current job doesn't give me very much opportunities to use JAVA so I can't pretend when talking to agencies that I have more years of Java experience than I do.
Any bits of wisdom is more than welcome.