2015-10-08 Arnold

Java developers are in such high demand that some graduates of GetCertified Code College’s Java Bootcamp course start their first programming job before taking their certification exams.

 

This is the case with a recent graduate – Craig – who is about to enter the workplace as a junior Java developer.

 

Armed with a passion for computing and a desire to become a programmer, Craig started his search for the right training institute to help him reach his goals, shortly after matriculating. “It was my dad who suggested Code College, having heard it recommended by business partners,” he says.

 

Arnold Graaff, owner and head lecturer at Code College, met with Craig and, after discussing his desire to gain a broad understanding of programming, recommended Java as a core subject. Java is a modern, versatile language used for web programming, enterprise applications, Android apps, electronic control systems and more.

 

Code College is situated close to a Gautrain bus stop and this proved convenient to Craig, who found it easy to travel between home and the institute without depending on his parents.

 

Code College balances theory with practice, with practical projects to be completed after each section. Craig describes the projects as fairly easy in the beginning but progressively more complex as the course proceeds. “I found that, as long as I grasped the materials and took the time to revise what I learned, I was able to complete the projects.”

 

This is where Craig gives credit to Arnold Graaff, who presents the course. Reports Craig, “Arnold has an advanced knowledge of Java and made sure everyone understood the material individually. It takes guts to admit that you don’t get something but he encouraged us to ask questions anyway.” Graaff holds a BSc in Computer Science with Honours and boasts 30 years in the IT industry.

 

Second, Craig says he learned an important life lesson from Graaff. “At school, we were taught to stick to the syllabus and not stray from our study books. However, Arnold encouraged us to become detectives, looking for any extra information that could help us grasp the subject – and to continue independent study throughout life.” That lesson prompted Craig to study on his own. Currently, he’s teaching himself Ruby and the Java Spring Framework.

 

Craig was also drawn to Code College’s community spirit. “I studied hard to understand the topics. Eventually, I found the desire to share with others and hounded Arnold to give me the opportunity to lecture. He let me do so and, under his guidance, I was able to assist others with their problems.”

Craig contributed enthusiastically to Code College’s Google Group. “Whenever I found a tutorial or article that helped me understand the subject, I would post it to the group.” Code College offers ongoing support to current and previous students through online and mobile social platforms, including Google Groups, WhatsApp, its own discussion forum, and more.

Craig studied HTML and CSS as well, and enjoyed these subjects most. “However, when the Bootcamp introduced us to Java Servlets, I was able to do much more with HTML and CSS than before and that really rocked my world.” Java Servlets are web components that can generate web pages and process user input.

Having uploaded his CV to a few job sites on a whim just 5 months earlier, Craig was surprised to be invited to interview for a position requiring the skills of an experienced junior Java developer. After being grilled by 3 senior Java developers and completing a 12-page test, he was offered the position of Junior Java and Oracle Database Developer.

All this without having yet received certification. After training, participants register to sit for the internationally recognised Oracle Certified Associate Java exam and Oracle Certified Professional Java exam. “I’ll definitely take the exams,” says Craig. “Now with a job, I just need to find the time.”

However, Code College will place graduates through its sister company, Compuways IT Recruitment. “Junior Java developers are in such high demand,” say Graaff, “that we have a backlog of requests for their talents.”

Graaff encourages any scholar who is passionate about computers to take Code College’s entrance tests, even if they don’t have high maths scores. “Our assessments will decide their aptitude for this exciting career opportunity.”

Study loans, to be repaid once employed, are available to candidates who can motivate their need.

For course details, visit codecollege.co.za/bootcamps/java-training-course

2014-10-04 Alta

SAP is one of the most advanced computerised business systems in the world. Many IT professionals have built life-long careers around this complex application and are considered to be top experts in the industry. So it was a welcome validation that one school leaver’s father, himself a SAP programmer, advised his son to attend GetCertified’s Java development course.

Java is a programming language favoured by corporations due to its robust security, technical detail, and ability to easily process large amounts of data. It is also used extensively to write Android apps and, of course, SAP programs.

The student hoped to follow in his father’s footsteps and approached him for advice on how to get started. While researching available study avenues, the elder came across GetCertified’s web site and reviewed the details of our Basic and Advanced Java courses. Impressed by the course content, he encouraged his son to enrol.

Although the student’s matric math marks were average, his aptitude test and face-to-face interviews revealed a strong capability to master Java, and he was accepted on this basis.

The student himself had no previous programming experience, having only recently matriculated. He found the initial course difficult as he grappled with the basics of programming as well as the Java language. However, he commends his lecturer, Arnold Graaff, for helping him gain the insight needed to succeed. “Arnold was always ready to provide me with additional mentoring,” he says. Under that tutelage, by the time the student tackled his practical project in the advanced course, he had a solid understanding of Java and general programming principles.

Graaff’s own qualifications – a BSc in Computer Science with Honours and 30 years in the IT industry – make him the perfect instructor.

After training, all participants register to sit for the internationally recognised Oracle Certified Associate Java exam and Oracle Certified Professional Java exam. The student achieved an outstanding 96% pass at his first sitting. Total time studying was 6 months.

After exams, he was afforded the opportunity to work on a 6 month contract with BMW South Africa as a junior Java developer. Should his work meet their standard, the company will consider offering him a permanent position.

GetCertified partners with Compuways – a top IT recruitment company placing tech personnel since 1990 – to find positions for students who successfully complete the course. “Junior Java developers are in demand and we have standing orders for their skills, enabling us to place them very quickly” says Graaff.

Bursaries or study loans are available on request to applicants who passed pure maths in matric, or who perform favourably in GetCertified’s aptitude test and face-to-face interviews.

For course details, visit www.getcertified.co.za.

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About GetCertified IT Training

Johannesburg-based GetCertified IT Training was established in 2004 as a subsidiary of Compuways IT Consulting. The company provides targeted, quality IT training to two markets: IT professionals who want to cross-train themselves to improve their career prospects, and individuals wanting to enter the IT job market for the first time. All courses are aligned to recognised international certification syllabi and are designed to achieve a level of practical proficiency required by prospective employers.