I've just enrolled into university pursuing an Associate Degree in Information System Management and decided to acquire Oracle's Java Certifications simultaneously. This decision was due to observing the ability to make some sort of revenue in the smart-phone market, but then I realized I will have to spend a fair amount of time learning the various technologies in order to become proficient to compete in such a market. From this analysis I've decided to become certified in the various technologies while learning. I currently hold an OCAJP7 certificate now moving onto the OCPJP7 or OCPJP8 accordingly.
My main question is, what job can I apply for using these credentials as I will also like to gain some experience doing real programming in real projects.
You can apply for any entry level job as a level 1 programmer or software tester thought those jobs tend to be offshored a lot.
If I had any recommendations it would be either
A) Look for a non-for-profit or community organization to help with a programming effort or application. (It doesn't pay but gets your experience and a reference if your app works)
B) Look for a temp/paid project on one of the numerous boards that offer.
C) Throw out a "hey willing to work on your project" in a craigslist or startup board to see what you get. There tends to be a lot of idea types but not a lot of coder types at times.
As for going to school and studying for the certifications, depending on the school you might save yourself some money by looking at the school if it accepts credit for certifications you have passed for classes.
Typically a java cert clears you out of a Programming 1/2 class and depending on the school cheaper and quicker.
Best of luck.
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