Back to the Future

  • ChrisMoix-87856

    SSCertifiable

    Points: 7288

    🙂

    The backwards part was where I got the IT job because I had a PC with OS/2 on it - I never studied computer science in school.

  • Gail Shaw

    SSC Guru

    Points: 1004446

    GDI Lord (6/12/2009)


    [OT]

    What is it with the high visibility of the South Africans here (seemingly) all of a sudden? Are we taking over the forum?

    [/OT]

    SADeveloper.net is down, pending a new hosting solution. We have to hang out somewhere.

    A takeover sounds fun. Steve might object though. 😉

    Gail Shaw
    Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server, MVP, M.Sc (Comp Sci)
    SQL In The Wild: Discussions on DB performance with occasional diversions into recoverability

    We walk in the dark places no others will enter
    We stand on the bridge and no one may pass
  • Andy Lennon

    SSCrazy

    Points: 2354

    SADeveloper.net is down, pending a new hosting solution. We have to hang out somewhere.

    you could stand between the candle and the flame...

  • Gail Shaw

    SSC Guru

    Points: 1004446

    About the only regret is that I took a job immediately as I finished my degree. A week after I accepted the job I got an offer for a full Master's degree scholarship. Not a big thing, I'm doing the Masters at the moment.

    Other than that, no major regrets. I had a couple rough patches, a year stint at a company that was going downhill fast (I could write a book on the bad management practices there), but in the long run it turned out for the best. It was while working there that I got seriously introduced to SQL Server (I'd dabbled with it up until then) by a consultant that I now work with.

    Gail Shaw
    Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server, MVP, M.Sc (Comp Sci)
    SQL In The Wild: Discussions on DB performance with occasional diversions into recoverability

    We walk in the dark places no others will enter
    We stand on the bridge and no one may pass
  • KevinC.

    SSCommitted

    Points: 1570

    I have an identical twin brother. We have basically the same interests but have taken divergent paths. I sometimes wonder where I would be if I had also gone into theater and stage combat. Or if I had worked towards astronomy (one of our other interests).

    Kevin C.

  • jcrawf02

    SSC-Insane

    Points: 24198

    KevinC. (6/12/2009)


    I have an identical twin brother. We have basically the same interests but have taken divergent paths. I sometimes wonder where I would be if I had also gone into theater and stage combat. Or if I had worked towards astronomy (one of our other interests).

    Kevin C.

    ok, astronomical stage combat is officially my new goal in life.

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  • David in .AU

    SSCommitted

    Points: 1784

    Andy Lennon (6/12/2009)


    i regret not taking a year break after High School before going to college.

    ...

    I didn't think about it at the time but i was flat out sick of the educational system. I went to college and hated every class, then stopped going to classes.

    ...

    i might have actually been able to stomach higher education and earned those letters next to my name.

    Hrmmm... semi-autobiographical 🙂

    I sometimes wish I had chosen a science path (either the traditional sciences or the behavioral route) instead of IT, always had a knack for it and I usually enjoyed it 🙂

    What didn't help was when I was signing up for Uni subjects, the "advisor" that was supposed to help me make an informed decision was a total git; where was hindsight when I needed it!

  • bklein2

    Ten Centuries

    Points: 1077

    My biggest regret is not being more focused on a career path earlier in life. I wasted 4 years while in the armed services where I could have been taking college courses at night. After getting out of the USMC I needed to make a living and spent several years as an electronic technician before discovering the world of databases.

  • SQL_Lizard

    Valued Member

    Points: 51

    Very interesting posts. I regret not having gotten my Bachelors degree. Quite college to get married. I don't regret having taken 15 years off to raise children I just think of it as taking my retirement on the front side. Went back to school and got an Applied Associates degree which got me where I am. Make a decent living. Love my job and the people I work with. And eventually I will get to retire for good.

  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

    SSC Guru

    Points: 715912

    Interesting that many of you wish you had done more education. I wonder if that was to get a headstart on your career now or just to learn more.

    And I wonder how many people want to continue on and get that degree now. Lots of online, relatively inexpensive options now. Might be a good editorial.

  • Andy Lennon

    SSCrazy

    Points: 2354

    Steve Jones - Editor (6/15/2009)


    Might be a good editorial.

    hear hear

  • RichB

    SSCrazy Eights

    Points: 9651

    How about the futute though? Do many of you picture yourselves as DBA's in another 10/20 years time?

    Got to be honest, not sure that gets me excited! :sick:

  • Chris-232075

    SSCrazy

    Points: 2070

    I know Steve didn't intend to start a thread now about the cost of further education, but I had to agree to disagree with one statement--at least with regard to the cost of graduate school (maybe Steve's comment was limited to undergraduate degrees?).

    I live in Atlanta, and with regard to graduate programs for working professionals (i.e. nights, weekends and/or online) available to me, I haven't been able to find anything that most would consider inexpensive. I've recently shopped around considerably, and the least expensive (not necessarily the best) Master's program I've found for working professionals is at least $16,000 (and rising). However, many, if not most such programs, exceed that amount by over 2x. That ain't pocket change, and most employers these days won't pay a dime.

    I don't regret not having had the drive to get a Masters. I regret that the ridiculous and rising cost of doing so could quite likely exceed the benefits.

  • OCTom

    SSChampion

    Points: 11755

    To quote Frank Sinatra, "Regrets; I've had a few but then again too few too mention".

    It doesn't hurt to reflect on the past but what's done is done and you can't go back there. I don't spend too much time on what-ifs, I spend my time on the what's-to-comes.

    Education is very important to me. And not just for work. I'm taking a summer course in digital astro-photography from the local university.

  • David in .AU

    SSCommitted

    Points: 1784

    Would I go back to Uni and get my degree (in computing that is)? Short answer, no.

    I have seen the type of stuff the local University is teaching in IT and it's worthless.

    If I was going to do anything IT related, it would be industry cert's.

    -d

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