"paid commercial experience is the only readily marketable credential"
I'd modify that to say it is the most important marketable credential. Employers want experience. So to get a job you need paid commercial experience. To get paid commmercial experience you need a job. By this logic nobody ever would have got any job at all. Everyone starts somewhere, and certification is another tick in the box on the resume.
Employers in India, including US employers in India, hire many applicants with college diplomas in IT.
"Employers in India, including US employers in India, hire many applicants with college diplomas in IT."
Can you name those companies?
As per my knowledge fresher's choice is :
1)Infosys(descent salary but huge sea of people)
3)Robert Bosch(good projects and good salary)
5)IBM(good salary but support work and people are 'too old')
7)Caritor(descent salary but not much coding work)
8)Novell(very good work and descent salary)
9)AOL(very good salary)
11)HOneywell(very good salary and very good work)
and there are N number of large ,N square number of middle and Math.pow(Double.POSITIVE_INFINITY,Double.POSITIVE_INFINITY) number of small companies which have not been listed.Above listing is based on opinions from my friends.and related to Bangalore based companies.
Arjun in Bangalore
If you look for Product based companies......
Here are few good companies which i know.....
2) SAP labs
7) Many more................
Originally posted by Marcus Green:
"There is no entry route into the Java programnming field in the US."
Are you saying that there are no job Junior/trainee fresh out of college positions for programming Java in the US?
Perhaps the US economy is not fairing as well as I had assumed.
"Imagine what Major League Baseball would become if the only farm teams were in Cuba. Now imagine if baseball players were vital to the business world, including the defense industries. Think about it."
Perhaps not a good analogy, as I know almost nothing of Baseball and the I have never come accross the term "farm team" previously.
Who will benefit from the SCJA exam?
Certification exams are not, and should never be interpreted as a single metric to ability or suitablity as a programmer/employee, they are just one additional device.
No qualification is a guarantee of ability, passing a 3 year Computer Science degree with empahsis on programming does not ensure that the student will actually be a good programmer. But it does give some solid basis to assuming that. It is more solid evidence than with believing what is on a candidates resume or accepting verbal assurance. That is the problem with work experience, it it may be one of the most useful guides to suitability, but it is very difficult to verify.
My understanding is that the interest in this new certification comes primarily from Japan at the moment; possibly other countries. Apparently their job market is such that there's a niche for this certification.
When will the exam objectives be published?