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    Hi, I've begun studying the basics of Java to hopefully begin a course for the Oracle Java Web Developer certification and was just wondering if this is a career path worth pursuing.

    I'm from the UK (London) and have no programming experience whatsoever but I am gradually grasping the basic concepts of Java (Object Oriented Programming, Interfaces etc.) and plan to purchase some beginner's books eventually and spend a great deal of time learning this in my free time before going for the course. I feel that if I continue in the way I've been going so far then I may be ready to take the official examination in about 8-10 months time.

    However, I'm unsure about what sort of career prospects await someone with the Oracle certification and no professional experience in programming to speak of - particularly in the UK. I would be very grateful for any advice here related to my situation. Is it worth pursuing this career for me? Are there realistic possibilities for me to make it in this field if I stick with it and do my best (particularly given my lack of programming experience)? Any suggestions also?

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    Hi.
    Can you tell few words about your last activate. I mean a work, education and so on.
    In the any way it will be very useful for you if you have Java certificate.
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    You shouldn't necessarily focus on being just a java programmer but instead, be a programmer. Start in java but knowing other languages and the general concepts of programming will help you adapt greatly.

    If you want some books that I've found helpful, check out this blog post with my personal suggestions: Helping beginners get started. Sunde's Blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petr View Post
    Hi.
    Can you tell few words about your last activate. I mean a work, education and so on.
    In the any way it will be very useful for you if you have Java certificate.
    I studied English Literature, Media Studies and Business in college for A levels and was doing well in my second year before I decided I don't want to go University (costs too much) so left half way through the second year. I have been working since then but in customer service jobs. In terms of academics I feel I have the aptitude to grasp the Java language as long as I put in a lot of time getting to grips with the fundamentals. My main concern is with the shortfalls I could expect while pursuing a career in Java.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunde887 View Post
    You shouldn't necessarily focus on being just a java programmer but instead, be a programmer. Start in java but knowing other languages and the general concepts of programming will help you adapt greatly.
    I've noticed that, actually. I've looked at quite a few job postings here and there for programmers and nearly all of them look for skills in various languages associated with Java (XML, PHP, J2EE etc.). I'm definitely willing to learn these languages also - provided I become confident in Java first - but I don't know what my chances would be of getting a well-paying job as a programmer from there, and if not what I could do to increase my chances.

    If you want some books that I've found helpful, check out this blog post with my personal suggestions: Helping beginners get started. Sunde's Blog
    Thanks for the link, I've bookmarked it for future reference when I decide which books to get.

    Thanks for the replies guys, but please advise me as to what to expect if I was to pursue a career in Java programming (if I were to gain the Oracle Java Web Developer certification) or Programming in general. Is it worth putting the work in for this? I'm definitely willing to commit the next couple of years to this if it means I can get a well-paying job in programming in the end without worrying too much about not being considered by prospective employers.

    I have to say so far I'm enjoying learning the basics and am excited about the prospects of understanding more advanced concepts, but I have no idea what to expect from it as a career and if it is even worth pursuing for me in the first place. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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