Well it looks good in the Resume and its an assurance for the employer that this person really knows the language that's all. Well global certifications are good to have but there is no real market value for it.
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It might be useful for ticking a few boxes with recruitment agencies and HR, thus making it easier to get an interview; but I wouldn't expect to get a sudden pay raise or promotion just from becoming SCJP qualified.
If you want to do the other, more focused qualifications, then you have to do SCJP first of course.
there are some companies which do not put any value to any certifications at all. you're doing this to improve your chances on others who value certification. at least you have half of the market on your favor.
jeremias lacanienta wrote:there are some companies which do not put any value to any certifications at all. you're doing this to improve your chances on others who value certification. at least you have half of the market on your favor.
Regardless of whether a company values the certification, they probably all value the skills behind that certification. So, getting the certification, should help you pass the interview (or interviews), and any probation work period... basically, if you know your stuff, people will notice and value.
On the other hand, if you barely passed the test, achieved it with rote memorization, have not done any coding, and basically forgotten everything... you probably won't do well in the interview, and the certification is just a useless piece of paper, that states that, some time in the past, you used to know Java.