interesting discussion goin on,
i think having a cert. like SCJP only plus the experience is much better than havng lots n lots of certifiation, as cert olny give u the basic theoritical knowledge but for practical knowledge u should be actually developing something.
and a compnay will definately prefer a person having theoritical knowledge plus practical knowledge ,u can continue with the certs with ur job.
one more thing if u dont hav any job then why to waste ur time if u hav money go for the certs prepare ur self the best u can fot the interviews.
that all i have to say