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John Sansom - SQL Server DBA in the UK

John Sansom (@SQLBrit) is a Technology Lead with the database team at Expedia, Inc. providing consulting services and support for one of the worlds largest SQL Server environments. Awarded the Microsoft Community Contributor Award (MCC) John can be found regularly blogging about Being a DBA and Professional Development over at www.johnsansom.com.

The Perfect SQL Server DBA / Developer Role

Whilst enjoying my coffee fix this morning, along with today’s SQL Server Central Email, my attention was caught by Steve Jones’s Editorial comment.The key theme looks at how much you enjoy your current job role and Steve goes on to rightly suggest that you should not settle for anything short of what makes you happy. Steve’s comments really got me thinking about this. As Data Professionals we are often so engrossed in our work and daily activities that it can be easy to loose sight of the bigger picture, and I think it’s important to take the time to stop to consider whether or not we are actually enjoying our time.

For me, enjoying my role is something that I consider to be a given and forms very much an essential part of my work life. On the flip side, Steve’s comments have me wondering about other Data Professionals out there and whether or not they too are enjoying their work.

  • Do you enjoy your role and are you making the most of it?
  • Is you career moving in the direction you want to be?

It’s interesting because often these are not clear cut and dry questions right. We all have our bad days, I sure know I do from time to time, and every role has it’s share of mundane tasks/projects that need to get done.

One thing I do believe strongly is that it’s important you are able to identify for yourself what it is about your work that you enjoy so that you can ensure, create or find the perfect role for you.

What is it that you enjoy most about your role as a Data Professional?

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