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Impact OCAJP 7 will have on starting a new career

 
Reagan Konnully
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Hi everyone,
My name is Reagan, a newbie to this forum. Coming from the health sciences, I am also new to the IT field. I am interested in learning Java and I am interested in beginning a career in software development. Currently, I am studying to take the OCAJP 7 cert exam. I wanted to ask for advice as to what else would be a good approach for me to take to make myself marketable and also become a proficient programmer. Also, will taking this exam have a substantial impact on starting a career or is this cert aimed for those that are already established in the field? I will appreciate any input from anyone on the matter. I would also like to apologize in advance if this post is inappropriate for this forum.

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Reagan
 
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Reagan,
The exam is aimed at folks ranging from no experience to a little experience. (Plus some more experienced folks take it because this exam is a pre-req to others.) It can easily help you study more thoroughly. You'll want to take the OCPJP 7 after you pass the OCAJP 7. The OCA is a very basic exam. While the exams won't get you a job, it is one of many things that can help. Especially since you don't have a degree in computer science or IT experience. You'll also want to do a hands on project so you have something to put on your resume.

Since you come from the health sciences, you might be able to gain and advantage by having background in a business.
 
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Thank you for your reply, Jeanne. I am hoping to take the OCPJP after this exam. I am also trying to be a bit familiar with SQL as well. I am not sure if I have the knowledge to start a real project yet, but I will try to start something small. Thank you again for your advice.
 
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Reagan,
That sounds like a good plan. A real project doesn't have to be large. And you can build up as you learn more. Once you know SQL is a good time to try that. (Incidentally, the OCPJP 7 covers JDBC.)
 
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