Student embraces course and goes from zero to Java developer in 5 months

[2010] There is a perception in the market that it takes years to develop the right skills to become a Java Developer. Not so says Arnold Graaff from IT Training College, GetCertified. By joining its Java Job Prep Bootcamp, a previously unemployed student with no previous programming experience managed to get certified and employed in 5 months.

“Armed with only a Matric certificate with a good pass in Mathematics and an aptitude test indicating among other things, a strong need to succeed, and enough determination, this youngster joined our course and threw himself right into the thick of programming,” says Arnold Graaff. “Done over five months, with a mix classroom lectures and practical projects, it wasn’t all smooth sailing as he initially struggled with a few topics.”

But this trend was not to continue and according to Graaff, as soon as the penny dropped, and he grasped the logic behind the theory and the practical, he turned it all around and was soon the best performer in the class managing to achieve marks of 70%.

The Java Beginner to Advanced course takes a student from scratch and teaches them the basics of Java programming. The main difference is that the course itself is designed to focus on the fundamentals of programming as opposed to the language itself. He completed these over a period of two months.

The GetCertified course covers Java fundamentals; introducing data types, operators and loops; introduction classes on objects and methods; inheritance, interface and inner class; exception handling; the use of I/O; multithreaded programming; applets, events and miscellaneous topics; as well as graphical user interfaces. It also applies the knowledge and lets the student build a client-server application that sends data from a seperate client to the server in an Object format.

“He then moved on to complete to do the OCA/OCP Exam Workshop , over 1 week. This course teaches students what toexpect inthe international exam and clears up any questions they might have. The Java / J2SE Programmer for Oracle Certification course is designed to lay the foundation of the fundamentals of Java and the correct use of the programming language in a variety of situations and applications. The topics covered in the course include: background about the Oracle exam for the Oracle Java/J2SE Programmer Certification; declarations and access control; arithmetic and logical operators; flow control; objects and classes; exceptions; inner classes; garbage collection; fundamental classes in the java.lang package; and the collections framework.

“He then proceeded to the Design Patterns Course , over four weeks. This course teaches students how various popular Design Patterns are used in the Industry to design Java and any OO application.

“Remember the students are encouraged to do preparation for their SUN exams before they do the Servlets course, in order to get it out of the way. He obtained 70% in our mock exam for SCJP and then decided to write the real exam which he passed with 72% (pass mark is 60%)”
“This student then moved on to the Java Servlets and JSP’s, which he completed over four weeks. This course is on par with the International Exam syllabus for Java Web Component Developer – OCWCD”. He started working on his project and after a few review sessions it was 100% complete. He obtained a distinction for it.

“We then notified our clients about the unemployed student with good results, after which he was called to an interview by three of our clients and he obtained three job offers as an entry-level Java Developer.”

His employer then sent him on the Java EE course to entrench EE principles that they are using in their company.

He, like many of our students, is a real success story for us at GetCertified,” ends Graaff.

This same course is now called the Java Job Prep Bootcamp and offered on a rotating 6 monthly basis.

Due to the exploding needs for Web Developers too we have designed a PHP Job Prep Bootcamp too.

GetCertified has successfully delivered courses using Skype video conferencing to students in Cape Town with a fast broadband connection and Skype.