Hey everyone, sorry if this is in the wrong place but this is my first post, not sure where to put it.. anyway. so here goes. So say you wanted to break into the coding industry quickly as possible. Say that you are learning java on your own on your computer. you are getting pretty good at it and you decide that its going to be your career choice. You do some research on the oracle exams and find that from the java 8 OCA, you receive a badge you can show off to employers but the java 11 OCA doesn't exist. logically, you decide on getting your java 8 OCA and then upgrading to the OCP 11 when you get enough knowledge. . . so does this approach make sense or am I missing some crucial piece of information - such as employers don't care about java 8 oca anymore since you dont have to know about modules to pass it? or is that not really an issue?
Welcome to CodeRanch! You were in the right forum. Since it's a new question, I split it into a new thread.
What you propose is definitely the easiest path to the Java 11 cert. Please read my blog post for the things you won't be tested on. (Make sure you still learn that material for your coding development!)
Employers rarely care which version of a cert you have.
This sounds a lot like how I got a job as a jr developer consultant. I learned Java on my own, along with the concepts of OOP and algorithms. Enough to pass the technical interview. I will still have a 3-month in-house training course to follow (focussing on Java EE, Spring, etc) but all of us are required to get the OCA and OCP certificates within our first year.