Hi Guys, I need your advice, i've studied and preparing for java programmer certification since last January 2002, while on a overseas project (Saudi Arabia) although my task here is only support...and i'm tired of this crap since i have a Degree in Computer Engineering.. for my review i've just finished the book all in one java certification and decided to take a JQplus exam, and i just awfully scored 31%!, now i'm beggining to consider resigning when i go back to my country so that i can review full-time since i can only review less than a hour each day. I want to ask if it worth it, between loosing my current job and reviewing full-time, also i'm planning to take a master's degree, i was thinking if i can attain this two thing, i would find a much better job... Please advice... Thanks, Roy
I want to ask if it worth it, between losing my current job and reviewing full-time. Also i'm planning to take a master's degree, i was thinking if i can attain these two things, i would find a much better job... The way the economy is right now, if I had a job, I would keep it until I found a better job. But if you are going to quit working to get a Master's degree anyway, studying full time for the SCJP2 certification would surely be worth the time in my opinion.
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First of all don't panic!!! I agree with Marilyn if you have a job keep it I believe having work experience has more weight that having a certification per say, but that's my opinion Having a certificate will help you land a better job in the future, and it may help you get a pay raise in you current job? Why don't you make flash cards to help you review during lunch and breaks? You might be able to sneak an extra 30-60min a day. Also if you take some form of transit to work the flash cards are a nice way to review each day. Anyway just some ideas to think about About your master's that's another question, a master degree will help you start a job at a higher salary range, but that's not always a guarantee, as for job security who know? I think if you become specialized in one area too much it's make finding a job a lot much harder and limits you choice of jobs to pick from. If you have enough healthy brain cells to get you a Master degree then I would say go for it
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I can only speak for myself, but I found the All-In-One Java Prep book (I have the Barry Boone/William Stanek 2nd edition) kinda horrible. Sorry guys but the there were far two many mistakes and I didnt find that it covered the material very thoroughly. My advice is pick up RHE Complete Java 2 Certification Guide. It seems to be one of, if not THE favourite. Give it a read. I found it much more enjoyable and informative. (a rare but good combination) Hope that helps
My two cents.. These are the questions i would ask myself. 1) Do I need the money from your over seas role? 2) Do I think there is chance of advancement in your current role? 3) Will my experience in my current role contribute to your chosen career path in the industry? 4) Am i satisified over all with your current role 5) Am i prepared to become an umemployed full time student? How many years am i prepared to spend on studying full time 6) Is the IT job market soft in my home locale? 7) How is a master degree viewed my the IT industry back home? Would a master degree help me at all in getting an interview/role/desired salary in the current market
In my view, a master degree only shows one's persistence and consistency, apart from that, not much.. i almost wish i hadn't started my master's at all, for the recruitment agencies here don't seem to respond too well to it. One would have to carefully weigh the pros and cons to reach a decision like this..
Applying for a job is a lot like applying for a loan: you have a much better chance of getting one if you show that you don't need one. So, my advice would be to keep your current job until you have a firm offer for another one in hand. Junilu
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