This is Swati. Love this place, Javaranch!
I wanted some opinions on which certification to consider next in my career path. Here's my brief bio:
Software Engineer and Consultant for almost 10 years now - worked on Desktop, Mobile and Web applications, mostly in Java and other languages. I have earned 3 certifications in Java a few years ago:
> SCJP (for Java 5) (in 2008)
> Oracle Certified Professional, Java ME 1 Mobile Application Developer (in 2010)
> Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Web Component Developer (in 2013)
Currently, I am managing a small team and working on developing architecture of a few projects - in Java and else. I propose and develop solutions for client requirements. Sometimes I get my hands dirty with coding and other times I would develop the overall flow and architecture.
Now, I am considering going for next certification but not able to figure out which and also what would be prerequisite for that exam (I find the website for the exams a little confusing :P). I think Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect would be a good option. Is it true that I have to upgrade to Java 8 (1Z0-813 exam) before choosing any higher level certification? Would you rather recommend me taking another exam before taking Master level exam as part of preparation?