This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
I graduated from Texas A&M in August 2001 with a CS degree, but for various reasons I have not been able to begin my job search in earnest until now. Do you think that studying for and pursuing the SCJP will help me sharpen my programming skills as I am in the job search process?
To make use of a cliche, "It couldn't hurt." If you really want to sharpen your skills to get ready for a job, just get a good book and do the exercises. There are several listed on this site. Hope this helps!
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Hello. I myself have also been looking for a job to no avail. I have been studying for the exame for about a month and a half. But, I am wondering if I should just scratch the exam from my list of priorities and continue my job search. What do you think here? From everything I've been reading online, the test is pretty hard and so far quite a lot of my time has already been spent preparing for it. In my opinion, it seems that doing well on the test does not necessarily mean you can program in Java well, it just means you can learn a lot of rules.
I don't think that having your Java Programmers Certification is going to help anyone find a job. It's not bad to have, and can perhaps help you negotiate a higher salary, but it's doubtful that it will do anything to increase your chances at an interview. With that said, it's certainly not going to hurt your chances either. Unless money isn't an issue, I'd imagine spending $150 on a certification exam that isn't likely to speed up your job hunt, probably isn't a good idea (this especially rings true if your currently unemployed). Also, if you want to save yourself the money, wait until you do have a job; most employers would probably be willing to pay for the exam if you pass (mine will). If you can already program in Java (or anything really), and your just looking for some way to prove that to prospective employers; I'd recommend joining an open source project (www.sourceforge.net). Open Source projects are essentially, free professional experience that makes a college graduate look like a seasoned verteran. It shows initiative, ability to work in groups (if the project required you to, wich most do), handle deadlines, communicate, and basically get experience. This will benifit you much more than a certification exam, and the open source comunity will also benifit (win/win situation). Good luck in your job hunt guys, hope this helped a little. --Chris
Joined: Jan 08, 2002
Originally posted by Youngster: In my opinion, it seems that doing well on the test does not necessarily mean you can program in Java well, it just means you can learn a lot of rules.
This is true to some extent, but I also think that potential employers could look at certification as self-training an devotion to becoming knowledgeable in Java. It takes in-depth knowledge of a language to be able to program well in it. That said, however, programming proficiency comes from a lot of hands on experience and coding.