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It’s Your Career

It’s your career. It’s something you have to take ownership of and work on. I know that life is busy, and training budgets are tight. That’s one reason we started SQL Saturday; it’s a way to bring a training event and a conference experience to many people.


I posted this tweet almost a year ago, seeing Brent in a class somewhere, learning and taking notes during some session. It was in humor, but I’m a little serious here. We all have more to learn, and while you don’t need to cram it all in this year, you should be taking advantage of your user group, local events, conferences, classes, even reading something in a newsletter on a regular basis.

Many of us are out here to help. I’ve spoken at 12 events this year, 10 of them free, and will be at another free event this week (SQL in the City – LA). However, you’ve got to make the effort to improve yourself. I , and many others, will try to help you, teach you, but you’ve got to do some work yourself.

Pace yourself, learn at a reasonable rate given the other responsibilities in your life, but don’t ignore this aspect of your career.

PS – If you’re in the LA area, there’s still time to register for SQL in the City and get a free day of training. I’ll also be at DevConnections next week and SQLInspire the week after that.

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Posted by Glenn Berry on 25 October 2011

I completely agree that more people should do the easy and free things like reading some technical blogs, going to their local user's groups meetings, and going to events like SQL Saturday. Thanks again for all of your efforts to encourage people to invest in their career.

Posted by Steve Jones on 25 October 2011

You are welcome. Hope it's helping people.

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 26 October 2011

I agree as well - there is plenty of free training available to us.  The more we participate and give back, the more we will learn.

Posted by Robert Pearl on 26 October 2011

Indeed, Steve!  Good post.  Thank you for continuing to share w/ the community, and, as Glenn said, encouraging folks to invest in their career!

Appreciate that you will be talking at our event SQLInspireNYC, which theme focuses precisely on career and professional development, with a twist of SQL.

You have been relentless, and hope you'll get some holiday rest after all these events.... :-)

Posted by Steve Jones on 26 October 2011

Thanks for having me, Robert, and I hope it goes well. Looking forward to that trip, and then relaxing for a few months.

Posted by Brent Ozar on 26 October 2011

And of COURSE I come across this while going through my RSS feeds, learning more about SQL Server, virtualization, storage, and professional development.  :-D

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