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New grad - should I take a certification?

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I'm visiting Pakistan these days and am considering a certification. I believe they're only about $500 here, so there's a hefty discount. What I'm trying to figure out is, is it worth the investment, or what certification I should take.

My background: I'm a recent grad in IT from York University. I graduated 2 years ago, but in the course of my education, I dont feel I learned all that much. My only hard skill is Java, and even that I dont know very well. I have some knowledge of SQL/Databases. We touched upon HTML/XML VERY briefly. Besides that it was theoretical stuff.

I've worked in Tech Support for a year at Kodak, but it shut down here in Canada. I'm now trying to make myself job ready.

Would a certification make me more employable, or is that just for more experienced people? Of course I'm willing to say I have experience on my resume if need be....

What certification should I take? I want something that I can finish as fast as possible (can only spend so much time overseas) but yet can make me immediately employable.

Java, .NET, SAP, Oracle? Any suggestions? I dont care much for networking but could consider CCNA if need be.
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Of course I'm willing to say I have experience on my resume if need be....

You should never lie, if you've had the experience then it should be on your resume anyway.

My suggestion is to get as much advice, learning (including certifications), and experience as you can. A lot changes in two years, especially in something as fast-moving as the IT industry.

Cheers :whistling:
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it's my experience that Certs don't get you a job (they might help if the H.R. personell understand what they are and what they mean)...but if you don't have the proper experience level for the desired job....then a cert isn't going to help you
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bigdan, it might also be helpful to read through "Similar Topics" below as well as do a search, because this subject has been discussed numerous times on the forum.
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