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Kenny Reid

Joined: Jan 31, 2014
Posts: 4

I passed the ocajp 7 exam yesterday and am curious about the next step up.

From an industry point of view, would a potential employer seriously consider an applicant with the OCPJP qualification but with no professional experience,
ahead of someone with (eg) 2 years experience, but no certification. My understanding is that it could take about 6 months to pass this test, and thats
a huge investment. I guess that, i need to know that this investment will be worthwhile.


Tim Cooke

Joined: Mar 28, 2008
Posts: 2534

I think it really depends on what part of the world you live in. Here in the UK it has been my experience that companies aren't that interested in whether you have an OC-whatever qualification and prefer to take you on experience and merit. I do not have any of these qualifications and I've yet to be asked about it.

You should probably do some asking around locally to you to see what is generally preferred. OCxxx qualifications or experience.

Most likely it'll be experience first, qualifications second. But you won't know that unless you ask.

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Roger Sterling
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Joined: Apr 06, 2012
Posts: 426

Congratulations on passing the exam !

Certifications are not deterministic in whether an employer offers you a job. The interview is, and your experience is. You have to pay your dues. If you have no experience, you need to look for ENTRY-level jobs. Thats why they call those ENTRY-level, for people who want to enter the profession.

There are tons and tons of available entry level jobs, that pay mostly around 50K or 60K here in US. You need to work that job for three or four years, then perhaps you can move up or out.

Certification means you can pass the test, not code good code. When developing software, experience trumps certification.
Nam Ha Minh
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Joined: Oct 31, 2011
Posts: 502

Yeah, I agree. I would judge experience more weight than certifications.

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