I 'am not IT, I worked at Radio Frequency, Radar system for Navy and CAAC, called Air Traffic Control and management system and Communication, for 9 years.
I worked for LMDS, Broad Band Wireless Access,and now CDMA system Design, in Canada. it all normal for you to spend your time to improve yourself to obtain your job. but never give up.
Happy birthday and sent regards to your parents
Take care and keep cool