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Posted Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:41 AM
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I very much want to be a SQL Server DBA and I started by taking two database courses and I took MS 70-431 exam and passed. But I still dont know how to become a DBA. I need a guideline on where to start my career. I will take any help.

BTW I am Engineering graduate and the only programming that I know well is C.

Thanks,
Daniel
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Posted Wednesday, October 21, 2009 11:01 AM


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There are a bunch of good discussions on this site about starting out as a DBA. Try searching for a few of those, they'll definitely help.

The best first point to address on it is why a DBA? What interests/excites you about the field?


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Take a look at this blog post and the two that follow it.
http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2009/04/how-to-get-a-junior-dba-job-part-1/



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Posted Wednesday, October 21, 2009 5:50 PM
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Thank You GSquared. I found a few discussions about guidlines on how to start your careers as a DBA.
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Take a look at this blog post and the two that follow it.
http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2009/04/how-to-get-a-junior-dba-job-part-1/



Thanks GilaMonster. It is a pretty good blog. I found it very helpful. I almost feel he is talking about me
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It will be tough. There just arn't that many starting positions as a DBA. Lots of us came out it through other means, tech support, systems, or development (my own past sins). Whereever you go, just show interest. That's the key.

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Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 9:17 AM
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I define 'Luck' as when preparation meets opportunity.

Get prepared and then look for opportunities.
This has worked well for me in the past. I have interest in an area, I study and prepare myself for when an opportunity arises or keep a keen eye out for opportunities to put myself in front of.
But it takes initiative and it sounds like you have that.
Get your foot in the door somewhere and then give it all you have and people will notice. Then when something opens up, your extra effort will pay off.

Good Luck!



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I like being a DBA, but if I were you I might stay in the engineering field. Everything I have seen says that there is a major shortage of all kinds of engineers. Plus, you aren't stuck behind a desk all day, right?
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daniel.phone (10/21/2009)
I very much want to be a SQL Server DBA and I started by taking two database courses and I took MS 70-431 exam and passed. But I still dont know how to become a DBA. I need a guideline on where to start my career. I will take any help.

BTW I am Engineering graduate and the only programming that I know well is C.

Thanks,
Daniel


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Posted Sunday, October 25, 2009 2:27 AM
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Thank You all very much Guys for your help.
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