I could see that too... I have been lucky and have had my job for a few years now. I am just getting certified because I enjoy learning and my boss is willing to pay for them I think it is a lot of fun learning and spending time here at the ranch helping myself and others learn more about the various java technologies, etc too.
Interesting article. Especially to see how many experienced people are opposed to certification exams. I guess the thought of having to sit an exam in something you've been practising for years can be a bit daunting. I've been in IT for over 18 years now but have had little to no exposure to Java, OO, or web-based development. Aiming for SCJP2 was a very organised and structured means for me to become acquainted with all this new stuff. The certificate itself was just a cherry on the top. I'm starting SCWCD now, and the feeling is exactly the same, not to mention the fun of learning and hanging out at the Javaranch website to boot - Mark
I think certification is very important to a rookie. I just finished my school with no real world working experience. I do not think, nowadays, people will hire you based on your academic performance anymore (in today's economic). I just got my SCJP, and studying for SCWCD cert. Hopefully, I can find a job after this. It's a tough world out there now..
Howard Kung<br />SCJP 1.2<br />SCWCD<br />IBM Certified Specialist: WebSphere 4.0
Sure certification is definitely valuable! But, as far as I have seen it is not the only criteria for jobs. It would be useful especially when you have experience and you are competing with the people having same number of years of experience as you then you stand a better chance. Anyway, I think, it boosts our confidence levels. Hema SCJP2, SCWCD