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have OCPJP6, should i upgrade to OCPJP7 or do OCPJA8+OCPJP8?

 
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I have OCPJP6 certification from 2011. I've been out of the job market for the last couple of years and would like to get back in. Should I upgrade to OCJP7 (1Z0 - 805) or should I do the OCAJP8+OCPJP8? the latter route will help me refresh my java knowledge, but the former is the shorter route. What do you think? what would prospective employers value more? I'll be searching for work in the SF-Bay Area.

Thanks in advance for any advice!
 
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Hi Madhavi,

Have you been programming and/or learning in this time you spent off work? Your post does not speak much about your prior experience so it is a little difficult to suggest something that might be relevant in this case.

Talking of certifications, I think they are a great learning tool. These days the OCPJP certification includes things like JDBC, commonly used design patterns, NIO libraries, the java.util.concurrent.* package etc. So studying for the certification and practicing several programs definitely improves your knowledge and hence definitely gives you better chances of performing well in the interviews. But I have, in my limited recent experience of applying in the area you mention, not encountered an employer that ever asked if I had a certification.

If I was in a similar situation, I would much rather consider refreshing my knowledge anyway.

If I was still going for a certification anyway, I would go for the OCAJP8+OCPJP8 as that is more current and includes some functional programming also. A common thing I have been asked in my recent interviews ( and that's a small number, so my experience of interviews is limited too ) is if I understood the functional programming paradigm. In most of the job requirements I read, it was only a desired skill though.

I hope it helps.
Chan.





 
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Go for the most recent version of certification (Java 8).
 
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Thanks for your replies! It certainly was the way I was leaning, and this just validates it.
 
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