School leavers wondering about their prospects for employment in the Java programming world need only ask a recent graduate of GetCertified.
The Johannesburg-based IT training company offers a Java Job Prep Boot Camp in preparation for full-time work in the software development industry. When ready, candidates sit the internationally recognised Oracle Certified Associate Java exam and Oracle Certified Professional Java exam. Once a student has graduated, Compuways, a top IT recruitment firm and GetCertified’s sister company, places them with a suitable employer.
At the time of writing, one student had multiple interviews lined up with prospective employers, had attended two and was called to a follow-up interview all in the space of one week.
According to Arnold Graaff, CEO of GetCertified, this is not unusual for a student who has done well in their Java certification and practical examinations.
“Companies are on the lookout for entry-level Java programmers with internationally recognised certification and proven practical skills,” says Graaff. “Compuways has a continuous backlog with clients seeking this class of programmer, so we’ve never been unable to place graduates who have applied themselves during training.”
While looking for a suitable training institute, the student mentioned above met with Arnold who explained the details of the Java Boot Camp. Within three months of starting the course, he learned how to develop a complete database-driven Java web application and achieved Oracle Java certification.
But why choose to study the Java programming language? “Everyone’s heard of Android,” replies the student, “and I knew that most of the software written for that system is coded in Java. Its popularity made it the best choice.”
When asked if he plans to develop Android applications, the student responds: “With Java there’s such a wide range of software that can be developed. I don’t want to limit myself to just one category when so many possibilities exist.”
How did he achieve certification so quickly? “I tried self-study for 9 months while I worked,” explains the student, “but the amount of information covered made it impossible. At the Java Boot Camp, I studied full time. That’s 9 hours of constant training per day under Arnold’s expert guidance. The complete dedication and high level of instruction made it possible.”
After completing his web application project with distinction, Compuways immediately arranged job interviews with four top IT companies. “I was spoilt for choice with a job offer from each of them,” says the student. “All this happened within 5 months of enrolling for the Java Boot Camp.”
“For anyone considering a career in Java development, I recommend starting with GetCertified.”
Bursaries or study loans are available on request to applicants who provide proof of good mathematics scores (60% or higher), and who perform favourably on GetCertified’s aptitude test and face-to-face interviews.
GetCertified also offers Boot Camps for database administration, PHP development and Microsoft .NET development.