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Discussion on: Certifications - worth it or waste?

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Martín Pérez

20 years ago I was one of the first Java certified programmers in Spain. It got me a job straight away. Literally I could probably have taken any job where Java was a requirement. Companies would hire me just for the certification itself, although I was no special programmer at all.

I think things have changed in these 20 years but that concept of novelty is still probably valid in many areas. I do always recommend people that ask for job seeking advice, try to differentiate yourself from other job applications. Certifications are a way to do that. There are many other ways too.