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Hi everyone, new member, similar questions!!

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by inzi38, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. inzi38

    inzi38 New Member

    Hi everyone, am delighted to have found you - have been desperate for advice and expertise. Hopefully it would be ok, if some of you had any answers or suggestions to my queries?

    I am looking at a career change to IT. Whilst I currently work with IT (and have a positively ancient, highly theoretical, Computing BSc, dated 2001) it is not in an especially technical role. I work with video software mainly tailored to my field, whilst also using the standard Microsoft Office packages. In a previous role I also had limited exposure to SQL Server 7.

    I am particularly interested in getting into Database Administration, databases and data being something I have been interested in long before I began my degree. Further down the line the possibility of Business Intelligence/Analysis looks very interesting to me although I am uncertain as to the specifics that this role may entail or indeed how to begin towards such a role!

    I was wondering if people might have any advice as to a possible career/exam path I might opt for based on the paragraph above?

    If I studied for an MCDBA or an MCITP (both with all necessary pre-requisites) would my lack of experience proclude me from certain roles?

    Is it still worth studying for an MCDBA or should I concentrate on newer certs?

    As I have previously stated I am employed and thus would wish to study around my current role - are there any suggestions for good starting points and exams it would be worthwhile studying for?

    Are there any ways I can boost my level of experience whilst still in my current job?

    Finally, with mortgage and bills to pay, would I be unrealistic, once certified in applying for jobs higher than entry level?

    I appreciate that this may be the nth time people have responded to such requests but I would be grateful for any information or related threads people may be able to point me towards.

    Many Thanks for any advice you may be able to offer me - I look forward in the distant future to one day be able to return the favour!!
  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    Hi Welcome

    MCDBA would probably be best for you as for how to study for it I am not sure if you can self study for this cert, you probably can as you can with every other cert providing you have relevent experience.

    I cant advise you on wages etc as I have no experience in that field.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  3. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Unfortunately, yes. There really isn't any such thing as an "entry-level DBA". Most DBAs are either programmers or network/systems admins who have decided to specialize as a DBA.

    If you were ready for a DBA role, I'd say that the MCDBA is still quite useful. Many companies still use SQL Server 2000.

    For people who are looking to get into IT, I usually suggest the A+, Network+, and MCDST.

    I guess you could take on a second job. Real-world IT experience can only be gained by working in IT.

    Certification doesn't magically qualify you to get a more advanced position.... only experience can do that. Experience always trumps certification. Certification merely gives you an advantage over others who are applying for a position.

    Take this example: You and another guy are both applying for a systems admin position. You have the MCSA, but he has some experience working with servers while in a desktop support position. Who do you think will get the job? Someone who has passed a few tests, or someone who has done the job?

    Please do not take this advice in a negative light. You can certainly *become* a DBA... but trying to jump right into it from zero might be a bit unrealistic. Work your way up a step at a time, and you can certainly get there!
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  4. inzi38

    inzi38 New Member

    Guys, thank you very much for your responses - all info is gratefully appreciated!
  5. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Hi there and welcome to CF 8)
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009

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