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Do I need a certification?

 
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I am currently doing my Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering from a reputed engineering college(www.svnit.ac.in) in India. I am guaranteed to get a job in some reputed IT company through campus recruitment. And then after working for 3 years I paln to join some MBA programme. However I love programming and am a coder above anything else.

My question is, do I need a professional certification? Will it help in my career? Will it help me to advance faster? I am not just talking about java certification but even RHCE, CCNA, and MS certifications? Will my engineering degree alone do?

Any suggestions are more than welcome
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I Sandip,

First of all, let me tell you that this is not the right forum for this discussion. I am sure it will be moved. Now, talking about your question, I am from NIT Durgapur (CSE). It is true that all IITians and NITians in India are placed in good IT companies all over India. But it is not all about placement and job that you are getting now. Recently, I read an article in Linux For you magazine about 'Softitians'. The article introduced this term as those IT employees which are into the IT industry but do not have an in-depth knowledge about the basic computer science. For example, you might work as a software engineer without having a real expertise in computer science. The author was telling how you can find yourself in trouble in IT after 4-5 years if you are not good. My thought behind this and your question is, whatever may the college and campus placement do, it is up to you to prove yourself. There are various reasons people go for certification. I am SCJA certified too. I think it is good to get certified as we are freshers. We may not be experienced in the real world development, but we can gain the basic skills through certifications. And they do have some market value afterall.

Hope this helps
Thanks.

Regards,
Swapnil
 
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Thanks dude...I dont have a problem with certifications. But I have seen some very useless MS and Sun certified programmers...And so my trust in these certifcations have decreased. And programming is my love. I took CS just because of that and not the salary that I may get. Ohk..then I will have to study for certifications too. Ohk..No probs..Thanks once again
 
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That is true in every field in this world. You have to learn apart from passing the exam while you are getting certified. Because these skills, unless applied in the real world are hardly useful. I love programming too. I am an active member of Topcoder (www.topcoder.com), but topcoder and Javaranch are completely different things and both are nice undoubtedly.
 
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Yup dude....I fully agree....
 
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