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My certification path - Please advice

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Hello All ,

I need your advice about my certification/learning path.


I was working as a senior j2ee developer from 2009 to 2013 for banking projects.
Since 2013 I moved at client side and my development activities reduced and support activities increased.

I decided to substitute this situation by get learning as much as I can

My Goal

Am trying to find a better job so I need to know which certification/learning can give a high weight to my CV.

Current Situation

I already passed the following exams :

1-Oracle Certified Java EE 6 Enterprise JavaBeans Developer (January 2015)
2-Oracle Certified Java EE 6 Java Persistence API Developer (August 2014)
3-Oracle Certified Java EE 6 Web Component Developer (March 2014)
4-Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer (December 2013)
5-Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer (October 2013 )

I need to know what I need to do next ,

Below some suggestion from my co-workers :

A) Complete on Oracle certification path:
To continue with web services learning and certification exam.

B) Vendor (IBM) specific certification:

I am working with websphere application server and RSA there is many IBM certification in this context , some advice to go for this.

C) Framework certification:

I am working with Spring Framework with more than 4 years experience , I attended online courses and I understand it's concept completely , but the exam is very expensive!

What do you think in this ?
I really need your input , what will you do if you are in my situation ?
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Like you mentioned, there are 3 viable options. Are there more probably but is it something you want to learn/pursue (certification wise).

With the java space, the web service developer is indeed a good option. Or you can consider the enterprise architect certification. Heads up with the EA cert, mandatory training is required by Oracle.

IBM websphere? I personally don't think app server certification is something I would do. Yet IBM has other certification you may want to consider.

Spring is a good choice but is it worth getting a cert.

Other areas you may be interested in: SOA, cloud, big data/databases, management (eg PMP, ITIL, PRINCE etc).

At the end of the day, look back at what you have achieved (your current skills) and then look forward to what you want to do (change field? if so what? or something else).

Learning the technology or whatever DOES NOT necessarily mean getting certified in it.

Good luck.
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