This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Am signed up for a engineering degree in computer science, and I have about two years to graduate.I see lot of the pass out's only getting a ASE(Assistant systems engg) job.
I am very much interested in programming and I rather not take the ASE job. Am not particularly into a specific field, or rather I like them all. I did a embedded systems project for my college's team which participated in NASA's lunabotics competition, I designed the college's feedback system, which involved PHP, MYSQL, a bit of html, I am kinda comfy even with win32 programming and .net, java. We had a course in Java last semester.
So I was thinking of doing "Several" certifications. like OCP, MCTS in .net 4, one in EJB and may be MCAD in embedded system(I don't remember the name).
Is it going to help me secure a better job ? or is it going to just show that am jack of all trades kind of a person ?
What else do you suggest that i do, that can help me secure a better job ?
If you comfortable with embedded systems,then i guess you can work towards it.There you have to concentrate on c,c++ though with some hardware knowledge..Research about certfications in embedded systems and get one and also do some hobby project..Participate in IEEE events and robotics events in your college...Ask for advanced training from your professors..Use college labs efficiently..That will do i guess.
ASE positions in for entry level is not bad..Usually companies hire and train in particular technology of their choice.So you will not have any option to choose that interests you.
All the best.
Certifications are okay, but as others have said before, its better to get experience (paid, unpaid, own project etc). That is just what I am trying to get now. I recommend that you get good books think of an idea and start developing it. From the places that i have applied to, they all prefer own/company projects over certificates. I think that certificates are like a cop's badge. A badge makes you a cop, but it does not necessarily make you a good or smart cop.
Joined: Jun 08, 2012
Am sorry for posting so late, as I was preparing for the OCJP
I have passed my OCJP with 83. Hope they dont put the % in the certificate.
Could you please tell me where I could get some projects to work on ? I tried Summer of code this year but couldn't get. Will try for that next year also.
Thanks to all those who replied