Category: Career Advice

Our SQL Community

A community is a group of any size that shares common values.   When I was in the Army my main job, and that of just about all Soldiers, is to make sure that the Soldier above and below him in rank knows his job and can perform it if something should take the Soldier Read More

Snapshot of a DBAGooner (2014)

It’s been more than a year since I last wrote a “snapshot” in May of last year. So here is me after my first full year in the position! Last year my goals for the following year were: Learn how to completely manage my databases. (Backups, restores, etc) Take Exams towards MCSA. Well I’ve accomplished Read More

What does it take to run a SQL Saturday?

To be honest, I have no idea what the organization entails, nor do I know what the SQL Saturday organizers have to go through. The one thing I do know is that it takes volunteers. Just think about everything that happens on the day before, and the day of the event. 1) Coordinating the facility Read More

How I became a Database Administrator

It seems that I am always hearing about the “Accidental DBA,” the person that was given the job because they knew the most about it.  My trip was a bit different, but not out of the ordinary I guess. When I was younger my dad had a Tandy 1000 computer, and I loved it.  I Read More

Snapshot of a DBAGooner

I read a post from Brent Ozar today titled “Write a Note and Shoot Yourself Today” in which he describes looking back at an old photo of himself and remembering everything about his 9-year-younger self.  A great idea as I am in my first 3 months as a “Junior DBA” and this is a great time Read More

The Annual Review

BACKSTORY: I was hired as a Systems Support tech by my current company almost 2 years ago.  I’ve since been “promoted” from support to the Database Administrator.  The current DBA is the Vice President of Information Tech and his plate is too full to maintain the DBs, thus my luck.  He’s training me on our Read More

It’s begun – First day as the DBA

So for the past year and a half I’ve been primarily working as the night shift “system support analyst” or help desk tech.  I’ve also been phasing in as a part time DBA for 6 of those months.  This was challenging because the current DBA is the boss and only there during the day, my Read More

The Accidental DBA?

I suppose so. After 14 years in the Army, National Guard, and Reserves as a Military Policeman I decided I wanted to get out, go to school and to be a Database Administrator. I had no real clue what they did, but I’d worked with Access and was in awe at the potential. I looked Read More