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OCP6 Cert for job searching.

Jan Oh
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Joined: Apr 08, 2012
Posts: 2
I'm in the process of studying for this exam, but I took a look at the jobs market and they tend to say "Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree, Post Graduate Diploma, Professional Degree, Computer Science/Information Technology, Engineering (Computer/Telecommunication) or equivalent.".

I'm wondering, where does the OCP6 Cert stand in this context? I'm learning just from books, not any college. Do I stand a chance? I'd be happy with an entry level position.
Jimmy Clark
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Joined: Apr 16, 2008
Posts: 2187
For professional positions that require a college degree, you will not be eligible for these positions. A temporary certificate in a particular technology and a college degree are not the same. I suggest that you start to look into pursuing a degree and hold off on certifications until you have a position.
Henry Wong
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As you probably figured out, certifications are used to help target (or cull against) specific skills. It is *not* used as an alternative for a professional degree.

Henry


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