Becoming an Oracle DBA (part 3) 
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 Becoming an Oracle DBA (part 3)

Hello,

I've been struggling lately because I'd like to make a
career change but am not sure which IT field I want to switch to. I'm
interested in Oracle database administration, systems administration, and e-commerce,
and I'm trying to figure out which of these areas interests me the most.

I took two classes on databases at the university a while ago, and I
enjoyed them very much. Besides this, I don't have any experience with
databases.

There are 2 main points that hold me back from going into Database
Administration, that is:
1.  A lot of overtime or lots of hours involved.
2.  High Stress.
In your opinion, to what extent are these two points true? For instance,
would you consider database administration to be far more stressful than systems
administration or other web related jobs (such as webmastere-commerce expert)?

Also, it sounds like it is hard to find a job as an Oracle DBA  
when all you have is Oracle's DBA Certification (from OCP) and no
working exsperience.
My understanding is that, for this reason, people who want to become an
Oracle DBA must first work in some database related job.
I have a couple of questions on this:
1. Which jobs would help me gain the necessary experience to later become
a DBA?
2. How long would I have to wait before I can go into DB administration?

Thank you very much for your time,
H_H



Fri, 04 Apr 2003 03:00:00 GMT
 Becoming an Oracle DBA (part 3)

H_H,

I am an Oracle DBA who worked for a few years at Texas Instruments before I became an
Independent Contractor.

It depends on your team and your "sub-role" .  More specifically, if you are working as a
designer/developer/dba, then you will probably not be responsible for maintenance cycles,
recoveries, etc.  You will be responsible for tuning developers SQL, logical layout of
tables with indexes ... essesntially what I would call a non-physical dba.  But if your
background is not in development and you have some system administration experience, then
you will probably enjoy working as a physical dba (Oracle DBA/Systems Administrator).
This doesn't have to be a stressfull job if you have the following situation:

1. You are proactive (vocal).
2. You are cautious (not prone to careless errors)
3. You have good support from management (they provide you with the appropriate tools to
do your job).
4. You have a good working relationship with other members of your team (Being an Oracle
DBA will cause non-people oriented individuals and their team-mates to go crazy).
5. Have solid training and a team to plug the holes in your training.
6. Did I say proactive (I'll say it again for emphasis).

Many of the Oracle DBA's that I know were performing jobs that required less
responsability and were tapped for the job after they had proven themselves to their
superiors.  You should join the Oracle Technology Network (go to www.oracle.com) for
starters and buy the server technology track (~~ $200.00).  Use the software and keep
your newly acquired skills sharp.  Also, you should try to find a nearby Oracle Users
Group.  At these  meetings, there are all kinds of recruiters that lurk in these meetings
ranging from headhunters to fellow techies who will be rewarded up to $4000 for bringing
someone like you in-house.

If you are willing to travel, a "Big Six" firm might hire you and put you through their
bootcamp and launch your career.

Scott Cote
http://www.hivesoft.com

Quote:

> Hello,

> I've been struggling lately because I'd like to make a
> career change but am not sure which IT field I want to switch to. I'm
> interested in Oracle database administration, systems administration, and e-commerce,
> and I'm trying to figure out which of these areas interests me the most.

> I took two classes on databases at the university a while ago, and I
> enjoyed them very much. Besides this, I don't have any experience with
> databases.

> There are 2 main points that hold me back from going into Database
> Administration, that is:
> 1.  A lot of overtime or lots of hours involved.

> 2.  High Stress.
> In your opinion, to what extent are these two points true? For instance,
> would you consider database administration to be far more stressful than systems
> administration or other web related jobs (such as webmastere-commerce expert)?

> Also, it sounds like it is hard to find a job as an Oracle DBA
> when all you have is Oracle's DBA Certification (from OCP) and no
> working exsperience.
> My understanding is that, for this reason, people who want to become an
> Oracle DBA must first work in some database related job.
> I have a couple of questions on this:
> 1. Which jobs would help me gain the necessary experience to later become
> a DBA?
> 2. How long would I have to wait before I can go into DB administration?

> Thank you very much for your time,
> H_H



Fri, 11 Apr 2003 03:00:00 GMT
 
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