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Which certification can further improve my java web developer career?

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I work in germany in a small company. My salary is 67K. (3 years experience as a developer)
I currently hold the following certifications:

  • Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer
  • Scrum Master PSM 1
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate

  • I'm underemployeed in my work. I would like to take the opportunity to get more certificates. The reason is, it is easier for me to learn something new when there is an exam at the end. Addidional there is the possability for a better paid salary.

    I think about the "Spring Certified Professional 2022" certification. It would match my tech-stack, but its to expensiv for me (3200 €).
    Is it worth to do 1Z0-900 in 2022 without plain java EE experience?

    I would be glad for certification suggestions. Of course it should help me in my career as a java web developer.
    but it doesn't matter if its database, cloud, architecture or any other topic. I can learn everything from scratch.
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    Well, personally, I don't put much credence in certs, and too many certs to me is more an indication that you're a professional cert-taker than professionally competent. Then again, there are VERY few certs that I consider to indicate true competence as opposed to cram-and-regurgitate skills and they are mostly related to hardware and real-time OS proficiency, not software design and development.

    I think that one of the better ways to indicate competence is to create or join an open-source software project. That way you can highlight your skills as used in a practical environment, which is what employers really want to see.

    Being an active participant in forums (such as the CodeRanch) doesn't hurt either.

    Of course, the gold standard is occupational networking, where respected people in the field will spontaneously recommend you, but in an anti-social field like IT, that's the hardest.
    Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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