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As someone very new to the field, where would this certification be useful?

 
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Welcome Jeanne & Scott!
As someone very new to the field, where would this certification be useful?
I am a double major, graduating with an animation and a computer science degree. My educational bubble has burst and I have recently learned that the majority of what I will need to do to obtain a job will have to be learned on my own. Would this certification help me?
Programming is like Tetris, but with words. I love it!
What words of wisdom could you pass onto me?
 
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You might find this thread helpful.

I like Junilu Lacar's post

The point is, the SCJP badge is not a magnet for opportunities. It's a sign that you can talk the talk. It's up to you to walk the walk.


BTW, the Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) exam was later split into two exams:
  • Oracle Certified Professional Java SE Programmer
  • Oracle Certified Associate Java SE Programmer
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    Hi Clint Williams,

    First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

    Clint Williams wrote:As someone very new to the field, where would this certification be useful?
    I am a double major, graduating with an animation and a computer science degree. My educational bubble has burst and I have recently learned that the majority of what I will need to do to obtain a job will have to be learned on my own. Would this certification help me?


    A certification could definitely be useful if you try to obtain a Java developer position, but it's certainly not a guarantee. But it might make the difference between some equivalent candidates. It shows different positive aspects for a developer: eager to learn, want to study and improve your knowledge (in your own time), you are up for a challenge, you have an eye for details,... But you probably not get a job just because you are certified. So a certification is never a guarantee for a job, but it may help turn the scale in your favor.

    To become an Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 (or 7) Programmer, you'll need to (purchase and) pass two exams: the OCA exam (Java && OO basics) and the OCP exam (much more advanced topics). So for Java 8 (the latest and greatest), you need to pass OCA8 (1Z0-808) + OCP8 (1Z0-809). If you would opt for some reason for Java 7, you need to pass OCA7 (1Z0-803) + OCP7 (1Z0-804). And although it makes sense to take the entry-level exam (OCA) before the more advanced one (OCP), it's not a requirement. You can take both exams in random order.

    Hope it helps!
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    Roel
     
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