Okay Peter and M, Peter you seem to discredit scjp2 certification and M. you seem to respect it. So I want to ask you both the same question, what would it take to convince an employer and have the necessary JAVA skills short of a technical BS Degree? I have heard and seen many times about how short this country is for technical professionals but there doesn't seem to any clear road to learn the skills that are in demand. Even colleges and the Military seem to be stuck with some dated programming languages that aren't really relevant in today's labor market. So come on folks what gives?
"I have heard and seen many times about how short this country is for technical professionals but there doesn't seem to any clear road to learn the skills that are in demand" What gives is self-education which can be accomplished in different ways. Search this site where opportunities are freely offered for people like you to manifest their talents. Unemployment here in the USA has not been this high in two years (OK, 20 months). That coincides with the tech-mania of the last two and more years that had every DOT COM hiring as fast as they could even without knowing if they would make it. But what did they care if after all they were hiring cheap labor from other countries who would have to leave THIS country in TEN DAYS if the DOT COM decided they made a mistake and didn't need them any more. The definition of "Job Insecurity"!? Right!? RIGHT! Now it's time to settle down to REALITY. It's REALITY time. We don't need outside assistance now. Unless it's PH.D holders. Two questions answered for the price of one.
Tony Alicea Senior Java Web Application Developer, SCPJ2, SCWCD
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