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Hi guys

I'm experienced developer specialised in PHP, Python, etc, but not in Java or C++. I'm thinking how I can switch my career to Java. I feel comfortable that if I find a job in that field I'll pick up the language quickly, though I understand that I will not become a Java export within a month. Can you guys give me a mentor advice what to do in that direction? Will Oracle certification help without real full time experience?

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First, there's no such thing as a "career in Java." Nobody has one language they use for their whole career. There is a career including Java or a series of Java jobs. I assume you mean one of these.

Your first step is learning Java - write a lot of code. I Then look for jobs that use both Java and one of the languages you have experience with. That gives you a chance to have an advantage over other applicants.
 
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Thanks for you reply. And sorry for my late response. What do you think about Oracle certification? How much does it help for a job search?
 
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I wrote two books about Java certification so I'm biased.
 
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I see Thanks again!
 
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John Stephens wrote:I see Thanks again!

Having your mentioned sertification is an advantage rather than disadvantage. It would give you a confident related with technical part of the language, but that wouldn't mean it would guarantee you a desired job place. As Jeanne mentioned, it is more a talk about the series of skills you need to have. Knowing one language is almost for sure not enough.
Well, there is no single formulae, a lot depends on your skills to represent yourself during the interview too, a lot depends on the company you're going to try to get place at, a lot depends on the people who are going to interview you, a lot depends on their skills too - there are many factors.

Be yourself, be disciplined and you should catch a success, best luck
 
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