C# is kinda the same, but limits you to IIS
No dont forget Mono. If you know Perl, you can embed it with Mono. Refs:
How useful this is to the original question is debatable. One thing I didn't get from the original post was *what* type of work and what industry they want to work in.
My advice would be: A) take dragonchild's advice (tactical short term) and then B)*expand* your existing skillset beyond programming into areas such as usability (strategic longer term).
update: looking for an open source problem? - read this article, usability and CUSP (Common Unix Printing System).
As the IT industry matures comodity tasks like programming (sigh) are being outsourced. Higher level tasks such as usability *could* (caevet emptor) be in much higher demand.