I am MSc (Mol Bio), MBA marketing, No IT backgroung but with a lot of interest and also aptitude for programming - i cleared SCJP with 86 % 2 days back - i rate my knowledge of Basic Java much higher than what just 86% might suggest my question : Is there scope for people like me??? ( you would ask - if you didn't know these basics why did you jump into it ? ok - now i am into it - so pls help) if there is scope then what specialization would be best suited ( if oft repeated question - pls direct me to the URLs - thanx )
Having an MSc in a scientific field is not bad at all... but... (How long did you study for the Certification test?) Do you have previous programming experience in any programming language like C/C++? In lieu of actual experience, the best way is to write Java programs/applets and place them in the Web where prospective employers can see them. This could be for volunteer web development efforts or just personal projects. This takes more effort than just studying a book to pass a test with 86% (which is not a bad score). Frankly, just passing the Certification by itself is not enough if you can't produce programming skills right away whether they are paid or not. Employers are willing to give a break but one has to show more than just a passing score in a Certification exam when there is no previous programming experience involved.
Tony Alicea Senior Java Web Application Developer, SCPJ2, SCWCD
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