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simbarashe makura
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Hi guys
I've recently passed the scjp exam with 95% with no experience in java but with fundemental knowledge in vb.net my question is that will a scjp boost my chances of getting a job as a junior java programmer considering that i've no degree but only a higher national diploma will a scjp boost my chances?
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Probably not. Without a degree or experience, a certificate isn't strong enough for someone to hire you. If you aren't planning to get a degree, try to get some volunteer or open source experience.


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hands-on experience and good soft skills are valued more. Try working on tutorials, self-taught projects, open-source contribution, etc.


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simbarashe makura
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will that increase my chances of getting a job?
And will it be a good idea if i go for the scwcd certification, will i get a job with that certification?
Andy Jack
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simbarashe makura wrote:will that increase my chances of getting a job?
And will it be a good idea if i go for the scwcd certification, will i get a job with that certification?


Why are you obsessed with certifications ? They are so theoretical. People get "4 year certifications" from college and still don't get jobs.
Do a project, 3-5 page or 300-500 pages of code. See the pain and the challenges, learn new things. You might like it,
you might not. If its the latter, at least you can switch careers in time. Otherwise, you might end up realizing that only
after you spend a lot of time in getting many certs.

I have hardly seen any jobs that say SCJP, SCWCD, MCSE etc wanted. They seem to prefer some kind of experience - personal,
open source, intern or company and/or high intelligence and creativity.

You can read a flight manual and 'do's and don'ts' of flying all you want and maybe even answer some clever questions about flying. Eventually,
you have to fly a plane or a use a simulator.

this is based on what i am experiencing as a "beginner". just my 2 cents.


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simbarashe makura wrote:And will it be a good idea if i go for the scwcd certification, will i get a job with that certification?

If the certification helps you learn, that's great. But a certification isn't going to help you get a job. Even with a degree/experience, it's just a differentiator. And you are competing for jobs against those who have both.
 
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