Folks, I have 9.5 years experience - most of it in Java and some of it in project management.
I am planning to get an architect certification. What is the value of SCEA in current market? Are there any other certifications also available (IBM has some specific one's I know) which have more or comparative value?
I need to decide and then go for an architect level certification. Help me !
I understand you, because I wonder the same. All I can tell you is to ask for the value in a specific country. For example, I live and work in Madrid (Spain), and the value of SCEA here is not the same as in other countries in Europe... Where do you want to work?
I feel there must be far better ways to do what I do... that makes learning even funnier
If i have to view SCEA certification, i will view this as personal achievement and take it as learning curve.
If someone is certified it does not mean the person know everything about JEE architecture. But if its there on resume, it tells the company that you have atleast knowledge and you can be trusted for the job and responsblities can be given to you and this will only help in your first project as architect, after that it all depends on your work and same will speak for you.
But on other hand there may be people in the world who are not certified, but they are better Architects. So at the end of the day it all depends what you want to achieve from this certification.
Joined: Jan 22, 2002
Thanks Antonio and Deepak for your replies
@Antonio - I would be working primarily in India and US
@Deepak - I understand and agree with your assessment. Considering that my question would be which one is a better certification for Java architects to have for better self learning. My main purpose to have the certification is to get thorough understanding of the this area, that it will add value to the CV is an add-on.
Its a good point which has been pondering in the minds of people before they have being taking up certifications or planning to take up one.
The core value to the certification is not its market value but an estimate of "what we were before the certification & what we are after the certication". If such a reconciliation yields more differences, then it means that you have gained more value from the certification preparation.
More over, if I was an employer, I would not have choosen a guy blindly because he is certified. But I would surely call him for an interview because he is certified!! That's the difference
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Point taken, but still I am sure people will value one certification more than the other for various reasons.
My intention is to find out the pros and cons of various such certifications which can help me decide which one to aim for.
From job point of view, certification helps in getting your resume shortlisted for interview. You still have to clear the interview based upon your experience and knowledge. Yes, certification (if it is in your area of interest) ALWAYS adds value to your skills.
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