Should you join a java certification training course or teach yourself how to code in Java?

So you don’t have any background in coding. You didn’t select any IT subjects when you were in school even though your parents told you that it will help you in the future and you didn’t choose computer science as your bachelor’s degree, now you’re wondering whether it’s too late to become a software developer. Well let me assure you, it’s never too late to learn how to code! Anybody with a laptop or even a smartphone can learn how to code, it doesn’t matter whether you’re 10 or 50, like any skill, if you put in the time and effort, you will learn how to code. 

Today, we live in the Age of Information, which means that schools and even an in-person teacher, aren’t necessary for you to learn anything provided you are self-motivated. Every piece of knowledge, every book and even world-class teachers with personalised courses, are readily availably on the internet. Most of this is freely available on Youtube, even the courses on websites like Coursera can be audited for free, if you only want access to the video material, without a certification. However, if you do want to go for java certification Training, you will have to spend a lump sum of money, which depends upon whether you choose an online course or an offline course. Offline courses are often a lot cheaper than online courses but each of them has its pros and corns.

Now choosing a course mainly has two factors that we need to look at. One is whether you’re a beginner or an advanced learner and the second one is what kind of a job do you seek as a Java developer. The first factor will tell us whether you have the pre-requisites required for a more advanced course and the second one will help us in figuring out whether the course will help you in finding a job in the future. 

Are you a beginner or an advanced learner?

  • So, if you’re new to programming it’s best to start with a beginners course. In the beginner’s course, you will be taught the fundamentals of Java which will be your foundation. You make have heard someone remark that ‘The logic behind every language is the same only the syntax changes’, hence, make sure to understand the logic behind the object-oriented approach used by Java as well as many other languages like python, c++, C etc.

Since it will be your first time coding, a large part of it may not make sense to you, leaving you feeling overwhelmed. But remain patient and keep running your code, one fine day, the lightbulb will shine over your head. Starting with printing “hello world” on your console screen, you will move on to learning universal coding concepts like what are variables, classes, objects, inheritance, functions, loops and more!

  •  On the other hand, if you’re already familiar with java through a beginners course, you may want to move onto advanced Java. If you’re coming to java from a different language, then I recommend you to take a week or 2 and learn the java syntax. Once you know that, it is alright if you directly get to the advanced course since the basic logic is same for every language as we discussed earlier.

In advanced, you will learn a lot more complex topics that build over what you may have learnt in your beginner’s course. The concepts in these courses are selected with great care, to make you ready for the industry you want to get into. Knowing what you want to do within java beforehand will help you to focus while specializing in it. The topics you may be thought are managing databases with Java, building an app using java and Kotlin, understanding Java servlets. You will also learn how to implement java into your webpage by creating web-based apps. 

What career domain would you like to enter?

Java is extensively used in a wide variety of industries so the only limit is your imagination. Depending upon your background and interests you could get into E-Commerce or banking or maybe healthcare, even inventory. If you are interested in a management job, you could pursue the role of a project manager whereas if you’re looking for a more technical job there are a lot more exciting jobs available, given you love to code and deploy. If you don’t possess any people skills, its best to get into the technical field.

Once you develop an app, the process of configuring the app to a URL or server that is available to the public to use is known as deployment. If you would like to be a part of this, you will need to look for DevOps engineer jobs. It is a relatively new field and there are barely any new courses available for it. Most of the knowledge is gained through experience.

You could also choose to become a Solutions Architect. The role of a solutions architect is designing applications and services within the application. You would then be included in the solutions development team. Having a knack of business is a must for a solutions architect since they will be a huge bridge between the enterprise’s strategic business decisions and the software developers. You should be well versed with your algorithms and data structures.

Another role which is blooming at the moment and is looking for skilled Java developers is Business Analytics. The business analyst analyses the data a company produces. His role is to look at the data and spot patterns within it. Based on the patterns, they can influence the decisions of the stakeholders and directors of the company. Data visualization is an important skill to master if you want to be a data analyst.

So ultimately yes! It matters. Companies do check whether you’ve been through a java certification training course. But also that is not the only criteria. Biggest companies like Apple and Google don’t care whether you have a certificate, what matters the most is whether you know how to code. So make sure to do a lot of projects, through which you will learn significantly more than you ever would if you only limit yourself to classroom learning. All the best!