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Do certifications help in job interview ?

 
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Hey guys,

Am signed up for a engineering degree in computer science, and I have about two years to graduate.I see lot of the pass out's only getting a ASE(Assistant systems engg) job.
I am very much interested in programming and I rather not take the ASE job. Am not particularly into a specific field, or rather I like them all. I did a embedded systems project for my college's team which participated in NASA's lunabotics competition, I designed the college's feedback system, which involved PHP, MYSQL, a bit of html, I am kinda comfy even with win32 programming and .net, java. We had a course in Java last semester.

So I was thinking of doing "Several" certifications. like OCP, MCTS in .net 4, one in EJB and may be MCAD in embedded system(I don't remember the name).

Is it going to help me secure a better job ? or is it going to just show that am jack of all trades kind of a person ?

What else do you suggest that i do, that can help me secure a better job ?
 
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Welcome to CodeRanch!

Being a jack of all trades isn't bad when you are first graduating. You don't have any real world experience yet. (An internship would help more than certifications though.)

When you say only an assistant system engineer job, I don't understand. That's an entry level job. Or are you saying you'd rather be a programmer than a system engineer?
 
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If you comfortable with embedded systems,then i guess you can work towards it.There you have to concentrate on c,c++ though with some hardware knowledge..Research about certfications in embedded systems and get one and also do some hobby project..Participate in IEEE events and robotics events in your college...Ask for advanced training from your professors..Use college labs efficiently..That will do i guess.
ASE positions in for entry level is not bad..Usually companies hire and train in particular technology of their choice.So you will not have any option to choose that interests you.
All the best.
 
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hands-on experience is more valuable than certification as employers are more interested in experience -- open-source contribution, self-taught projects, volunteer work, etc.
 
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Certifications are okay, but as others have said before, its better to get experience (paid, unpaid, own project etc). That is just what I am trying to get now. I recommend that you get good books think of an idea and start developing it. From the places that i have applied to, they all prefer own/company projects over certificates. I think that certificates are like a cop's badge. A badge makes you a cop, but it does not necessarily make you a good or smart cop.
 
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Am sorry for posting so late, as I was preparing for the OCJP
I have passed my OCJP with 83. Hope they dont put the % in the certificate.

Could you please tell me where I could get some projects to work on ? I tried Summer of code this year but couldn't get. Will try for that next year also.
Thanks to all those who replied

 
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Hello Aditya Sastry,

Aditya Sastry wrote:I have passed my OCJP with 83. Hope they dont put the % in the certificate.


Congratulations!
No, they don't put score on the certification
 
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Thanks for the replies people, I guess I will have to look for a internship on my own

i am just going to write the OCWCD exam and going to try for a sumer internship
 
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