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Graduated in May and still jobless. I want a position in programming but chose IT as my major. I should have chose computer science which focuses more on programming. Anyway, I seem to not be knowledgeable or skilled enough when I go on interviews - even for junior level positions. I want to take a certification class. Is the official Sun Java certificate the way to go? Are there any others?

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In all honesty, you'd be better off looking for a job in IT and then transitioning into development. That's what I did, and the IT experience has proven invaluable as a developer.

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I did a computer science degree and they really don't teach you the intricacies of any particular programming language. It's more about just being able to think logically and a lot of math. I would agree with deceptikon. Start with IT and pick up programming on your own. Create a web portfolio / resume of mini-projects to show off your work.

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there is no Sun certification anymore. it's all from Oracle now. anyway, it also depends on the mentality the recruiters in your country have.
for instance: over here, a certification is practically worthless (it's a good way to fill two weeks in between projects, but otherwise, ... ) yet, in some countries, good luck landing a job if you're not certified.
anyway, if you really want a java certification, the OCPJP (former SCJP) is the best to start with, but IMO, experience always beats a certification.

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