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I know i have talked about this in other posts but i am looking to get a new viewpoint.
I have just passed my SCWCD (passed SCJP in May) and am getting some great work experience in Java working on a trading application project in London. However now i have finished my SCWCD i am not sure what to do next. Some have said Masters, some not, i am 27 so might even be a tad young to do it yet as the rest on the course i want to do are over 30.
The MBA needs to wait till mid-30's so i am now thinking C#, has anyone done any of the exams??? And would they recommend them???
Its fairly new and not a lot of people seem to be doing it yet that i can see so there might be an element of first mover advantage left. Its also Microsoft which has a history of getting its own way and so while it shouldnt elbow Java out of the way has a good chance of competing with it on a level basis.
Also what do people think about the IBM XML exam??
Basically i would like opinions as to which is the best qualificiation to get me ahead in the competitive marketplace for next year (or do i even go down the SCJD route). I know i am in a good position of being able to get experience but am unable just to sit on my hands in my spare time and need another cert to work towards.
I do feel that the Java marketplace is saturated with programmers and so am conscious that it might be a good idea to add different technologies to my limited CV.
Any advice would be gratefully accepted
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Sam, I�m in the same boat as you again. I too have got the SCJP2 and SCWCD. I had set a deadline of end of March for the IBM 141 exam, however, this seems to be the �fashionable� route and was very much toying with undertaking the .NET to hedge my bets. Then again, do you get the feeling you become a jack of all trades and diluting your core skills? Interesting article on BBC site yesterday:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2514771.stm
The quote:
�They are under constant pressure to update skills.�
sort of sums it all up.
 
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