I have asked the question cited below in both 'The Workplace' and 'Programmers', but it keeps getting downvoted as not being on-topic in either. I understand the rules about career questions in Programmers, but I thought it generic enough to maybe apply as it pertains to experience that is marketable as a job-seeker.

I was then recommended to the Workplace where it was quickly shot down as well, but without any helpful advice as to where to go.

I was a math guy in college, and only took a few courses in C and Java towards the end of my college tenure, successfully landing a job in Quality Assurance and now in Software development. I want to build up my resume, being able to claim more marketable experience, but my current position at work does not afford me the opportunities to move in the direction that I'm interested in. While my own home time can be used to learn and broaden my knowledge of different subjects, what can I claim in terms of experience? I understand getting involved with open source projects is a great option, but are there other options, and how do all these stack up against a dedicated job in the field I am interested in?

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    This question might be better suited on Meta.StackExchange because it is a site recommendation for the network as a whole. We can only tell you if the question is on-topic for Stack Overflow. – gunr2171 Jun 24 '14 at 18:15
  • Kk, good recommendation. I will look there. I will probably remove this as well, I don't want this question peppering the whole community =) – Stephen B. Jun 24 '14 at 18:16
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    The answer I gave you in a comment was not sufficient? It's really the only answer there is to your question. What you can claim as experience is whatever an employer will accept as experience, and every employer is different. – Robert Harvey Jun 24 '14 at 18:35
  • I didn't disagree, only after the question got closed I redirected the question elsewhere to see what others had to say. I do appreciate the response =) – Stephen B. Jun 24 '14 at 18:40
  • This question appears to be off-topic because it is about The Workplace, and not about Stack Overflow. It should be asked on The Workplace Meta instead. – user163250 Jun 24 '14 at 18:48
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    Welp, I'm learning all sorts today. – Stephen B. Jun 24 '14 at 18:49

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