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Devin Knight

Devin is a BI consultant at Pragmatic Works Consulting. Previously, he has tech edited the book Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services and was an author in the book Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. Devin has spoken at past conferences like PASS and at several SQL Saturday events. He is a contributing member to the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG) for PASS as a leader in the SSIS Focus Group. Making his home in Jacksonville, FL, Devin is a participating member of the local users’ group (JSSUG).

SQL Quiz Part 2

I was recently tagged by Tim Mitchell to give a response to Chris Shaw’s SQL Quiz Part 2 so here it goes.  It looks like most people who have answered have pretty long responses but I think I’m going to keep it short and sweet.

The Questions for this quiz…
What are the largest challenges that you have faced in your career and how did you overcome those?

Being Patient

Before working in IT I had a job that was very fast paced and just about everything relied on me and how fast I could get things done.  In past and present IT jobs I’ve found that much of the work I do relies the pace of others.  This has forced me to be patient with others and patient with work in general. 

Finding Answers

By far the largest challenge in the early part of my career was gaining the confidence to go out and find answers for myself. It can be hard when starting a new career when you have thousands of questions and don’t want to hassle your new co-workers constantly.  I’ve found that about 95% of all questions I could have can be answered somewhere on the internet.  May seem like a simple challenge but knowing that I can find an answer myself can help confidence and translate to other work related things.

Comments

Posted by Steve Jones on 15 December 2008

Good answers and both of these are good skills to have

Posted by stuart on 16 December 2008

I particularly like the first answer; too often, those of us in IT focus so much on solving the immediate problems, we forget that there are potential long-term consequences to the actions of today.  Slowing down to consider the ramifications of our actions is a skill that comes from experience.

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