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re: certs - what would be a good one or ones to get?

Me: Street programmer, dotnet/sql, got advanced degree in math, put the word "programmer" on my resume, and have been working (and learning furiously to not get fired lols) ever since (approx 5 yrs).

I never EVER want to be a dba, but I love programming sql, coming up with solutions to fit new and ever-changing business needs. I want to eventually get into database business intelligence (turn some of those math skills into data mining etc. routines).

But I'm sure there's a jillion "holes" that I have that could be filled in with some "book learning". What would be relevant certs along these lines?
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Posted Sunday, May 08, 2011 11:56 PM


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Nice article Craig!
Really enjoyed reading it, despite it's lack of pretty pictures

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Thank you Craig. The article was great.



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Nicely written and sage advice all around. Well done, Craig.

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Good article. I think a few more sample questions would have help the freshers more.


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sherifffruitfly (5/8/2011)Me: Street programmer, dotnet/sql, got advanced degree in math, put the word "programmer" on my resume, and have been working (and learning furiously to not get fired lols) ever since (approx 5 yrs). ...


This made me laugh. I needed it on a Monday morning.
I laugh because I use to feel this way quite often. Slowly, after continuous learning and taking on more responsibility, I've felt less like I'm trying furiously not to get fired. I've been doing this for over 5 years and I feel more and more part of the community and more and more comfortable in my role as a DBA.

Just keep doing what you're doing. Invest your time and others will invest in you.


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Posted Monday, May 09, 2011 7:15 AM
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one of the easiest ways is to use a product like Operations Manager or some other management software that requires SQL server. play around with the small databases and get some experience to pass an interview in a small environment

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One of the most important things I have done is to create and maintain a LinkedIn presence. I get so many inquiries because of that site. I have my ACTUAL job experience and resume information. You would be surprised how many recruiters are looking there. Even with my relatively low experience (compared to the people who frequent this site) I regularly get called for decent and even some high end positions. So there is definitely a web marketing aspect but just be as honest as you can. Many people over or undersell themselves.

Certs help ALOT, too. While many people have more experience than I do, having alot of certs usually indicates someone who is getting "book" educated on the technology. I cannot tell you how many experienced DBA's I have met who are unaware of the available feature sets of the newest version, and even some older ones. While experience gives you the most valuable knowledge, that does not negate book knowledge and many HR people agree. In the end, you have to interview and do the work so no shortcuts on certifying.

Many people will disagree with me about certs, but they work well IF you can back them up with real skills.


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Posted Monday, May 09, 2011 11:14 AM
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Craig,

I have been working for a financial company for over 10 years as a system analyst. During those years I have managed many SQL server both in production and dev environment. I have done the followings: installation, upgrade, backup, restore, create maintaiance plan, create queiries, sp, gereate reports, database tuning, system troubleshotting....etc. I want to concentrate on SQL Server as a true SQL DBA rather than a system analyst who does many other tasks. I know that I need to gain more knowledge to be qualified as SQL DBA, but it is hard for me to swich from System Analyst to SQL DBA because interviewer read my resume and question my position: "you are system analyst not dba? we need SQL Server expert" What should I do?

Thank you

Yan
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