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'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.
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.