Oracle embraced Java in early 2010 by taking over Sun corp. Since then it has become one of the hottest computer programming languages in the world. Due to its wide selection of frameworks, languages, database support, and servers, this language has gained preference with almost all software development companies.
Because of the huge demand for Java, companies are in constant search of Java developers. However, when it comes to hiring one, the task becomes quite tricky and rigid. Many prefer
candidates with Java certifications over others who do not possess any. Other companies value experience over a piece of paper.
For any organisation it is very important that the developer they hire must have the right knowledge and skill-set for performing any technical task. Aspects such as education, experience, projects, communication skills etc. all matter to a great extent. Being certified is also one of them. Yet, many recruiters feel that the presence of this specialisation is in theory and it does not give the correct measure of the candidate’s competency and achievements.
The debate on the benefit of these certifications is endless, however, here are some pros and cons of being Java certified.
#1 High Salary: This is by far the most important aspect of being certified. Certified individuals have the edge to earn more than their non-certified counterparts. Such individuals can earn anything from $84.52 – $108.36.
#2 Hiring advantage: As was mentioned before, Java certifications can highlight an individual during hiring. According to the CompTIA survey of 2011, almost 86% IT hiring managers claimed to prefer the presence of certifications during hiring.
#3 The recognition: Java certifications are recognised all over the world. With over 500,000 internationally recognized certifications, this is one lucrative specialisation for sure.
#4 Validity for life: Java certifications have no expiry date. They can be specialised in at any time of your life and be used for acquiring any type of programming job. There are several institutes that provide these certifications in India. In Pune, especially, these courses have a lot of merit. Attaining Java jobs in Pune becomes quite easy if you have one such certification in your kitty.
#5 The additional benefits: With certifications comes exclusive community and networking benefits. Due to the numerous networking sites and chat forums present online, a developer can engage with others of his kind and share information to increase their technical knowledge base. Also, an Oracle Certified Professional has special access to LinkedIn communities where he can interact with other certified individuals.
#1 Experience more important: Many companies value experience, accomplishments, and track records above everything else when it comes to hiring a programmer. According to a survey by CompTIA in 2011, 97% of IT hiring managers consider that the quality of experience is most important when it comes to evaluating a candidate.
#2 Expensive courses: The certification courses have become more expensive since oracle took over Sun corp. Initially there were no pre-requisites in obtaining this specialisation. There was no registration or hefty training fees. However, now, the rates have moved up.
#3 Not a true measure: A certificate does not define the extent of knowledge an individual possess. Although it is considered as a seal of excellence by some, it is definitely not a true measure of how much you know and how much you don’t when it comes to practical application of that knowledge base.
#4 Theories not enough: It has been witnessed by certain mangers that employees with numerous certifications under their belt had no idea about how HTTP GET and HTTP POST worked. This comes to show that theoretical knowledge of a topic is enough to pass an exam, but not through a career.
It is very difficult to decide whether a certification course is vital or not. It is important yes, but definitely not mandatory. If you focus on industry experience and do not set store by a certificate, then you shall definitely progress in life. Get a certification, but do not depend on it blindly to get you a job of your choice. Saying that you have 10 different skills on your CV is not enough. You should be able to demonstrate those abilities, practically, as well.
By the end of the day, it’s all about personal choice!
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