Originally Posted by CreamSalad
Well I would do both if I could to expand my knowledge but my concern is if getting certified for programming languages both online and offline would just be pointless/a waste of money. And what certifications are required to actually make a career out of it
Quite honestly different places require/recommend certain certs. So figure out what programming language you really enjoy or are good at, get certified in that, then build from there.. Then when you are looking for a job you can state you are knowledgeable in x langauge but also have some knowledge of y language.. The job I just got (not in the computer field), when interviewed I was asked what experience I could bring to the table. I was upfront with them by saying I have a little experience in these areas, but no strengths in any one area. By doing that I was given the opportunity of working for the company.
I will probably get a lot of grief from saying this, there are a lot of people certified in different things that don't have a clue. Pick up a study guide, pass the test... hey I'm certified, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty, they can't do the work. For instance, I have seen people get ACE certified, but not have a clue what a ZIF socket is. just saying.