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Priyavrat Kumar
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I'm preparing for OCA exam and I'm fresher which means I have no experience. Somebody suggested that getting OCA certificate will not matter if you want to get job. For job you need practical knowledge and OCA gives only theoretical knowledge.

Is that correct?
OCA will not matter?
Please help.
I need suggestions from you guys.
 
Jeanne Boyarsky
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First of all, OCA isn't theoretical. It is a base of knowledge you should have. And second, you need different kinds of knowledge.

I agree that a certificate isn't sufficient to get a job. However, you are going to need to learn the basics of some language to get the experience to get one. (Experience can be a project you write yourself.) A certification helps you learn more deeply/confidently and provides a way for an employer to know you have a base level of knowledge.
 
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Priyavrat Kumar wrote:Is that correct?
OCA will not matter?

A certification could definitely be useful if you are considering a job change, but it's certainly not a guarantee. But it might make the difference between some equivalent candidates. It shows different positive aspects for a programmer: 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. In this thread and this one you'll find some advice to increase your chances to get an entry-level job as a Java developer.

I agree with Jeanne that the OCAJP certification exam requires much more than theoretical knowledge. Most of the questions require you to evaluate a given code snippet and select the output/result of that code snippet. You don't have to write any code yourself, all questions are multiple choice. The OCAJP certification exams are not at all about your ability to write nice, clean, elegant code (you'll have the OCMJD certification for that). The purpose of the OCA exams is to prove you'll have a (very) good/solid understanding about Java and OO basics. That's why the code snippets are sometimes a little bit obscure or have seemingly useless statements.

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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