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Advice on how to transition into remote work


Advice on how to transition into remote work

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Hello all,
Long term lurker here.

I'm a DBA in Sydney, Australia. I've been in a variety of positions within the Database sphere, so I'm a bit of a jack of all trades, going from Database development, to BI consultant, finally to the position I am in now.
I have a medium to long term goal to transition out of the corporate office environment and instead work remotely, and I am wondering if any fellow DBAs in a similar situation could offer any insights or advice on bringing these goals to fruition.
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In the USA it depends on the organization you work for. My last job we kind of sneaked into it as tech improved to where we can do stuff at home.
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I'm in Chicago, IL and can only speak about what I've seen in America. From what I'e seen, more and more companies are allowing remote work. Our DBA works from her home. I even have a couple recruiters who regularly call me about remote part and full time roles. There are places (e.g. most of Kentucky) where they can't find any good DBAs and are forced to find remote work. I even know some companies several hours away from major cities that do their IT in Chicago, LA, NY because there's a larger talent pool to draw from.

Now that I think of it, pretty much every non-contract job I've had in the last 10 years offered remote work. I'm working from home today Wink

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Alan.B - Tuesday, January 23, 2018 2:01 PM
I'm in Chicago, IL and can only speak about what I've seen in America. From what I'e seen, more and more companies are allowing remote work. Our DBA works from her home. I even have a couple recruiters who regularly call me about remote part and full time roles. There are places (e.g. most of Kentucky) where they can't find any good DBAs and are forced to find remote work. I even know some companies several hours away from major cities that do their IT in Chicago, LA, NY because there's a larger talent pool to draw from.

Now that I think of it, pretty much every non-contract job I've had in the last 10 years offered remote work. I'm working from home today Wink


When I have looked most positions I find say no telecommute (remote work) available. I think they are limiting themselves in finding qualified candidates.

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Lynn Pettis - Tuesday, January 23, 2018 4:46 PM
Alan.B - Tuesday, January 23, 2018 2:01 PM
I'm in Chicago, IL and can only speak about what I've seen in America. From what I'e seen, more and more companies are allowing remote work. Our DBA works from her home. I even have a couple recruiters who regularly call me about remote part and full time roles. There are places (e.g. most of Kentucky) where they can't find any good DBAs and are forced to find remote work. I even know some companies several hours away from major cities that do their IT in Chicago, LA, NY because there's a larger talent pool to draw from.

Now that I think of it, pretty much every non-contract job I've had in the last 10 years offered remote work. I'm working from home today Wink


When I have looked most positions I find say no telecommute (remote work) available. I think they are limiting themselves in finding qualified candidates.

I noticed that too. I have not seen telecommuting advertised on the job sites but know from experience that it is common. A couple years ago I even did some consulting work for Level3 out by you. Wink


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Helpful links:

Best practices for getting help on SQLServerCentral -- Jeff Moden
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Nasty fast set-based string manipulation functions:
For splitting strings try DelimitedSplit8K or DelimitedSplit8K_LEAD (SQL Server 2012+)
To split strings based on patterns try PatternSplitCM
Need to clean or transform a string? try NGrams, PatExclude8K, PatReplace8K, DigitsOnlyEE, or Translate8K

I cant stress enough the importance of switching from a sequential files mindset to set-based thinking. After you make the switch, you can spend your time tuning and optimizing your queries instead of maintaining lengthy, poor-performing code. -- Itzik Ben-Gan 2001

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