My path was as follows: I completed SCJP in 2004, SCJD in 2004, then SCBCD in 2008, now preparing for SCWCD, then either .NET certifications from Microsoft or SCEA (i look forward to the challence of SCEA.)
The objective is to make myself into a world-class developer by knowing Java and .NET very well. I would say I have fairly good programming skills and a good sense for algorithms and bug-squashing, and I am motivated to learn and be a comprehensive IT generalist.
That's, in fact, what i've been trying to become: an IT generalist. Toward that end I would like, additionally, to obtain SQL certification.
The certifications themselves are not an end unto themselves, but an underline for existing skills.
My goal is to have become a world-class developer, then to incorporate myself and work on projects drawing very good rates. That is the way to good money in IT, comparable to what lawyers and doctors earn. I would say I am several years away from that goal.
So you should make up your mind and draw up a plan of who you want to become in IT, and try to follow it.
Anton Golovin (firstname.lastname@example.org) SCJP, SCJD, SCBCD, SCWCD, OCEJWSD, SCEA/OCMJEA [JEE certs from Sun/Oracle]
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