I took Java around 2 years ago and I interview candidates with more than 8 YOE . I know very little about Java but the 8 YOE guys just don't match up .however FAANG recruiters don't show interest as my YOE is not that high. I must say that the candidates I interview are not very good as we run on a tight budget . But the fact that 8 YOE will get considered by a recruiter and not me. Compels me to be more desperate . Moreover , I am reading and trying to absorb way language structure and concepts and putting in efforts.