As a software architect and developer, Saint-Paul Tinga is a believer in the value of IT certifications and the badges that represent them. Saint-Paul is an Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer, working for Pindelia. “Pindelia is a Gold-level member in the Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized program. The company works on software integration and designs new software for companies,” he explained.
Java skills are in-demand by employers, and Saint-Paul felt that earning his Oracle certification would help him stand out in a crowded field. “By becoming certified, I learned about new APIs which helped me update different parts of my programs and improve some of our software performances. It also adds credibility to my knowledge.”
Saint-Paul was issued a digital badge through Acclaim to represent his Oracle certification, and was able to create new opportunities once he shared it online. “After getting certified and adding the badge to my LinkedIn profile, two CEOs from local companies got in touch with me to work with them on a project,” Saint-Paul explained.
The badge also generated a positive response from his employer. “The CEO of Pindalia congratulated me. I can say he trusts me more now that I am certified, and he can see exactly what I did to earn that certification.”
The accolades and positive reinforcement also come from his peers and co-workers. “I’ve received feedback from others in the IT industry. They say, ‘Great job! You’re Java certified, keep going!” Saint-Paul plans to take the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 exam and then move on to reach the enterprise architect level.
In addition to all the external recognition he has received, Saint-Paul revealed that his certification and badge also provide him with inner confidence, especially when working on projects with consultants from countries around the world. “I’m now confident in my skills and am not afraid to share and defend my viewpoints.”
He believes that getting certified is worthwhile, and he encourages others to pursue certification, too. “With the badge from Acclaim,” Saint-Paul adds, “everywhere you go, people will see that you are credible in your field.”
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