I need some career advice.
I graduated in mid 2005 with a degree in computer science, information systems and accounting.
I then took a break for about a year and did a couple of months helpdesk work and some landscaping (just to be different :).
I want to get into software developemnt and have found it hard to get a job - currently I work in testing and the main focus of my job is debugging and finding errors in my companys utilities software (we use Java).
I consider myself more technical and enjoyed the technical side of my degree (working with sockets, tcp/ip, locks and semaphores...).
What I would like to do is take a years experience from my current job (in new zealand) and then travel overseas to try my luck as a developer and do a bit of an OE.
What I would like to know is if it would be a good idea to become a java certified developer before I go - is this certification well recognised in places like the UK, America and Australia. Would it increse my ability to get to a job?
Should I study something else or remain at my job for longer?
Thank in advance