First of all, cheers to all you Java lovers . I love the atmosphere in here (at Javaranch) where everyone is working furiously to learn and learn more. Quite inspiring! Ok...now to business..
I am a recently certified SCJP and have finished my preparation to take the SCWCD exam. While the money I invested into the study material seems perfectly justified (HFSJ), I am however in a bit of doubt about the value of the actual certification itself. So, I just want to ask all you SCWCDs and SCBCDs out there - Do you feel the certifications have added significance to your resumes and improved your marketability in the Java world? (perhaps resulted in increased monetary gains...??). Are certified professionals being given preference over non certified professionals? Or do you feel that the certification is only to help one gain confidence about one's own skills? Sorry if my question sounds a bit stupid. Would appreciate any kind of input on this matter.
I believe that certifications whether its from Java or not are a way of validating one's skill. It will help you determine your strong points and practically improve your weak points. A lot of companies now, based on my experience, do consider these certifications. You can see proofs by merely looking for job search sites, look for the requirements... You will see that a lot of them includes it in their requirements.. a BIG PLUS! if you have these certifications. With these, naturally competitive compensation follows...
"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."<br /> <br />Chad<br />SCJP 1.4<br />SCWCD 1.4<br />SCBCD 1.3<br />SCDJWS (next)
I think the valuable information for a future employer is not that you actually are certified, it is more that you are (or were) willing to improve your personal skills by entering whatever-certification. You're signaling being motivated and willing to achieve something - wow. According to my professional experience the more an employer is off the tech-spectre he will admire you being certified while most senior-developers with ages of development experience do not take care of fancy certs but ask those mean questions that make your head smoke.