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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 12)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, ISACA is holding its twice-yearly online career fair, Certification Magazine has pointers for aspiring data scientists, and more.

ISACA Hosts Online Career Fair for Job Seekers, Employers


ISACA is holding its biannual Online Career Fair on April 3.Computer skills are in demand. If you have a sound understanding of basic information technology (IT) principles and solid knowledge and skills in a particular area, then someone out there would probably love to hire you. What's less straightforward is the process of making an initial connection between the person who needs IT employment and the person who has an open IT position. Cybersecurity and governance association ISACA stands in that gap two times a year, and ISACA's first Online Career Fair of 2019 is coming up in the first week of April. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern) on April 3, ISACA will have a variety of resources available to help forge connections between job seekers and hiring managers. As noted in an ISACA media release, "The Online Career Fair is part of ISACA’s Career Centre, which offers free resources to build and improve careers, such as videos on building personal brands and networking skills, career tips, resume/CV writing, career coaching and social networking profile development." Registration for the career fair and other details are available online.


CompTIA Can Help You Become a Cloud Architect


Cloud computing is taking over the information technology industry. In the not-too-distant future, a great deal of what we traditionally think of as hardware and software could transition from being widely dispersed distinct units managed and operated by individuals to being physically present only in giant server farms in remote locations, managed directly only by specialized technicians. One job role essential to the ongoing growth of cloud computing is cloud architect, or the individual responsible to plan and desing cloud computing environments. There's a cool post to the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA this week that gives an overview of what it takes to prepare for and assume a position as a cloud architect. CompTIA's Network+ and Cloud+ certifications are both touted as providing integral foundational knowledge, and employers generally expect incoming cloud architects to have at least a bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, or mathematics. Cloud architects are on the leading edge of IT compensation, with a media annual salary in 2018 as $135,000.


Oracle Releases New Java Certification


The long reign of Java as one of the leading general-purpose computer programming languages just keeps on rollling, and demand for professionals who have solid Java skills remains high. Java is owned by Oracle, which means that one of your best means of acquiring and maintaining Java coding skills is to study and get certified via the Oracle Certification Program. The latest new Java certification is the just released Java SE 11 Developer credential. A new post to the Oracle Certification Blog has relevant details about the new certification, including a helpful infographic that lays out which course of exams should be followed to get up to speed.