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Yes, another newbie seeking some wisdom. I'm looking to change professional gears a little. I have spent the last 4 or so years programming in SAS but I did not get a degree in Computer Science. I have a Master's in Public Health and learned SAS on the job when I began working in clinical drug trial data management. As far as I can tell, the best thing I can do is pass the certification exam and start pounding on doors. Can anyone tell me about how long it took them to successfully prepare for the exam? I know I will have to put in some serious hours but I'd like to get a rough estimate of what the "norm" is. Also, does anyone know how employers look upon the certification? I know this depends on what market you are looking in so let's talk about L.A. Does certification translate into say, 6 months experience or a year? or anything at all?

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I am from india and have same sort of query.I am aMasters(M.Tech.)in Mechanical Engineering from IIT.
I am in a job for the last 3 and half years.I know servlet,
jdbc and socket programming.As i don't have any s/w work experince
can SCJP fetch me a starting job of junior programmer
anywhere on earth(India,europe and USA)
Please help me.
Thanks in advance
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Hi Mukherjee,
I am sridhar. I am working as a programmer analyst in hyderabad.
here i am giving my mail id U send u r detais to the above mail. In hyderabad i know one company offering jobs to guys who came from IIT. I forward u r resume to that company.
With Regards,
Sridhar Garimella.
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