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What's next after certification

 
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Now that I have passed the java programmer certification exam. Any suggestions on what would be next to learn. Here's my situation.
I'm 52 years old. I currenty work for a Market Research firm. I was introduced to the wonderful world of programming 2 and half years ago when without having any prior experience in programming I was promoted to the position. Quancept and Quantum are the software tools used in the Market Research Industry.
During these past two and half years i have been able to use the tuition reimbursement benefit of my newly acquired postion to pursue and assoiciates in Computer Technology.
However 6 months ago in a cost cutting measure they eliminated my position. ( I was not getting enough billable programming hours.) So I back doing what i did before for the company, but at the same programer salary.
Anyway in the last six months i have been learning a new programming language....JAVA...and started job searching. My question simply is after my certification what else would be the most marketable skill i could acquire in conjunction with JAVA programming.
[Edited by Val. Removed the "What' s next continued...." post]
[ March 23, 2002: Message edited by: Valentin Crettaz ]
 
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Have you consider looking into database stuff, if you can get into this market as a developer and not an administrator you will surely be well sought after, stay away from ms access and vba which is only good for learning sql, look into db2, oracle or sybase.
Here is some free ibm db stuff to get you started:
IBM DB2 Universal Database
Of course don't forget about jdbc!
Best of luck on your journey
[ March 23, 2002: Message edited by: Rajinder Yadav ]
 
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