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Certs for graduate developer job

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Hi there.

Based in Australia.

I was a graduate risk management consultant (non-IT) for about a year and stopped recently to certify my way back into a programming job.

I say back, because I have degrees in both accounting and computer science, but graduated in 2003, when there were no IT jobs at all. It's better now.

I have recently completed SCJP1.4, just yesterday actually.

To give myself the best chance of getting graduate developer job I am trying to get entry level certifications in as many popular languages/technologies as possible, starting with SCJP.

I am thinking a C# MCP (towards MCAD or MCSD.Net) next.

What do you think about my strategy, and any recommendations on certs to take.

Also, anyone in the same boat as me, just cant get away from programming and trying to get back into it, even when the industry was so sucky between 2001-2003. WOuld like to hear from you about your journey back.

BTW, are there any equivalent forums for MCSD / C# like javaranch.
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are u in Sydney?
it is important to gain experience while obtaining certs
what univserity did u attend
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I am currently in Perth but, I will be travelling to Melb and Sydney in May with intention of looking for work and relocating.

Attended Uni of WA.

Ahh, the E word dreaded by many graduate jobseekers. You need experience to get job but need work to gain experience, hehehe.

Will 12 months risk management (internal auditing) experience count.

Gonna send out applications to
- IBM, Micromuse, Honeywell, Motorola, UnisysWest, AlphaWest, ERG.

- Already sent Accenture

How is the job market in Sydney for graduates, is it really like they say in The Australian paper - where "cocky grads are demanding and getting up to 70K". I doubt this, but looking at Seek vacancies, demand for experienced grads have improved a lot from last 2 years.

Do you have any recommendations for places to apply to in East.
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