I’m considering sitting for a certification exam.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve always considered those three or four letters after your name to be mostly meaningless.
Many years ago I studied Oracle administration and tuning, and Novell UnixWare administration. But I never sat for the exams.
With today’s competitive job market, though, I’m starting to think differently.
I’ve got a couple of directions I can go in.
I could go back to Java and go for the SCEA, the Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition. Or I could stick with .NET, and try for a MCSD, the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer.
Either way, we’re talking about a chunk of money and some studying. I’d like to avoid both if it really doesn’t get me anything.
So I’m looking for advice.
Anyone out there who hires developers, can you say that a certification makes a difference when you’re evaluating candidates?
And anyone out there who’s got a certification, do you think it helped you land a great job that you might not otherwise have been offered?
Have you got one of those fancy certifications? Has it gotten you anywhere?