I amd SCJ, SCWCD and am contemplating taking the Stock Brooker exam (otherwise known as the series 7). I worked in the NY metro area for 3 years and have under 2 yrs of financial experience. My logic for taking the exam: The series 7 will help me land a Java programming job with a financial company because I will be percieved as having a lot of financial business knowledge? Is this assumption correct? Anyone in the NY metro area with an opinion?
I don't have much ideas on certifications in Finance, but for well-recognized professional qualifications, the most famous one should be the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), some will recommend the FRM (Financial Risk Management). They are managed by 2 famous institutions: AIMR and GARP.
Honestly, I have not heard of those organizations mentioned in this thread, and I am not sure how valuable for those cert. holders. Depends on the area you want to go for, you can make the right choice. For CFA and FRM, they are very specialized in Financial areas, and thus, if you just want to do IT in financial world, they might be too tough for you.
CFA and FRM are way to advanced and will not help at all if the intention is to land an IT job within financial industry. Usually, the MBA students who are interested in investment management or investment research or quantitative finance would pursue CFA. People who are trying to change career to finance also pursue CFA but it is very difficult to pass without any financial experience. It is a 3 part exam and takes 3 years to complete. Additionally, you don't even get a CFA designation until you have 3 years of experience in finance (not in IT in finance).
I won't comment anything on series 7 becuase I don't know anything about it. No doubt the domain knowledge helps. If I were you, I would also consider taking couple of classes in a community college as that will help with your planned future move to finance while showing interest and knowledge in the domain. Companies need domain knowledge to make sure (i) You understand financial buzz words and (ii) You quickly grasp the underlying business. At any given point your IT knowledge is always more important than finance knowledge so make sure that is covered and then improve your finance knowledge. If you mention, finance knowledge in resume, there will be questions around that and as long as you can answer them, you should be okay.
In the finance domain, I am able to see many areas like: Fixed Income/Mortgage/Brokerage/Banking/Stock Trading/Securities/equities/mutual funds etc.,
Any thoughts on which finance area uses more of J2EE. Sorry, I know this question is vague. My thought behind this vague question is to get an idea on which area I need to proceed to get good knowledge and concept-wise.
For banking system, in Hong Kong, all business logic are built in iSeries or pSeries, which act also as the database. Thus, you have to use MQ to connect the Java part and HOST (the name conversion used in Hong Kong).\\
It is difficult to have pure Java solutions because Java runs very slow in HOST, and the current "stable" version of JDK is 1.2 only. I am currently rewriting some of the CL/RPG program modules using Java, but it comes out lots of issues to be handled.
I'll series 6 or 7 from NASD are the right ones...but i guess you might not be able to appear for that as prerequisite as per NASD for the certification is: "You must be sponsored by a firm who is a member of the NASD or is a Self Regulatory Organization (SRO)."