I'm a software developer, I'm currently studying for the Bachelor of Science - Biotechnology (by means of distance education), about halfway now. As an ideal outcome, I would search for an opportunity to combine my knowledge in IT with my interest in Biology/Medicine. Bioinformatics looks like an interesting opportunity, but my knowledge of the field is still very limited.
My question is: how would I make myself employable in the field, what would give me the edge?
For example, in Software development the answers may include, depending on who you ask: have a side project (application) that actually does something useful, contribute to open source, keep a blog, attend user group meetings, have a current certification. So, essentially, what are the best things I could do with my spare time in the next year or so to become more valuable as a potential Bioinformatician?