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Post - SCEA value in progression of IT career

 
suekar meredilko
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All,

Generally interested in knowing whether after getting the SCEA certification has there been an astounding difference to your IT careers ?
Have you been able to get designing/architecture jobs.

Are you still seen as a Sr. Sr. Sr. Developer (you know what I mean)
Whats the general feedback. Just want to know.

I have roughtly 7.5 yrs exp. Have worked across the board on all facets of J2EE/Security(PKI etc)/Websphere MQ/LDAP/Tivoli/Mainframe connectivity/EAI/. Currently I am working for a Bank as part of the enterprise architecture team.

Met a head hunter during lunch and he was asking me why I have not given certification. I have practical experience but not an 'official' certificate. I do have an SCJP and MQ certificate..just wanted to find out life after getting a certificate...has it changed in terms of your career aspirations ? Probably this is the wrong forum to ask because all wanna bie certificate aspirants are gonna reply...If anyone who is an SCEA...here please reply.

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Theodore Casser
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I suppose that a lot of it depends on why you're seeking the SCEA in the first place, and what you expect it to do for you.

In my case, the primary motivation was advancement within my own company, rather than trying to find a new job more dedicated to architecting solutions. I've found that the SCEA has not, directly, led to anything being significantly different at work, though I do find that my suggestions on design of applications and my input in the process seems to have been enhanced, insofar as the higher-ups are taking me more seriously.

The basic reason, as far as I can tell, is that there's now this nice piece of paper that confirms that an outside body feels I know what I'm doing, so... but to answer the basic question that you asked, I do not see that there is an "astounding difference", nor would I expect one. It's still just a certification, which is (as any certification) dependant on others' opinions of such.
 
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