I cannot tell you how many false starts I’ve had on my Java Certification.
- JDK 1.4
- JDK 6
- now JDK 8
All that studying, and the one time I purchased the exam real life got in the way and I didn’t push it back.
One thing I will share, for the time I’ve been a Software Engineer / Team Lead – A certification would’ve been useful, but I think I am making decent money without it.
The benefit of a cert is to help you stand out among the crowd in an interview, or in a shop that reveres Java talent and growing /proving your skills. I have found the interview scenario to be more prevalent than the appreciate management culture. Software shops tend to treat us like warm bags of meat meant to sit in a chair and code – on time, under budget or there’s hell to pay. #JustSaying.
For the personal satisfaction of putting that badge of honor on your Linked In profile, I am fully encouraging anyone to “Just Do it”. It’s a good thing.