Would my experience in the previous job in Cerner and the student jobs count as experience when I am applying for jobs.
might be or might be not from DBA perspective .
What kind of reading materials would you recommend for me?
read boks .online materials.
Join sql server forums like sql server central. read people's real time problem and their corresponding solutions. set the practical lab at your home or wherever and start testing the sql codes.
-------Bhuvnesh----------I work only to learn Sql Server...though my company pays me for getting their stuff done;-)