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Career Development

I usually get questions from my blog readers about careers – some questions are specifically about how to get into the SQL Server field and most are questions about IT careers in general. The convenient response that I usually give is send them to Brent Ozar ( Blog | @BrentO ), and if the inquiry is about how to get started with SQL Server, I just send them to SQL Server University by Jorge Segarra ( Blog | @SQLChicken ) or SQLServerPedia.

In the short years that I’ve been blogging, I have posted some articles about tips and tricks and how-to’s for getting that job that you really want. Here are some:

Effective Way Of Accumulating Knowledge – I posted this question in LinkedIN: What is an effective way to accumulate knowledge and credential if you are into BI and Database field? The two best answers that I posted here are really impressive.

The Benefit Of Attending User Group Meeting – As a technical professional, you should consider attending a user group meeting as one of the important channels of learning. If you’ve never attended a user group meeting, this article will show you what you’ve been missing!

The Value Of Becoming Certified – Some people don’t give much value to certification. Some would take it as “it depends”. There is a real value in certification whether you argue for or against it. I will tell you what’s the most important value there is in becoming certified.

Finally, I am Now Microsoft Certified – My personal testimony on becoming certified and the experience that I went through as I prepared for the exam. This is a high-level of the what’s and why’s of certification.

The Growth Of The Professional Association For SQL Server – My thoughts and opinion about the most popular SQL Server Professional Association in the world. These are the principles that I believe are most important in the existence and future of the organization.

Twitter Beyond The ‘Social’ – Discusses the importance of Twitter (and Social Networks in general) in business relationships. But of course, you can apply the same principles in your career.

Contract-To-Hire SQL Server Position, Is It Good? – I asked a question in twitter on whether it is a good idea to get into a Contract-To-Hire position specially if you’re just starting out in the SQL Server field.

A SQLSaturday We Can Call Our Own – Getting involved in the community can be rewarding – the reward being able to help the community. It will give you a total sense of belonging to the SQL Server community.

Attending Code Camps – you may not be aware that there are lots of events happening in your area. Get free technical learning and training and stay connected with real people!

Now A Friend Of Red Gate – Getting the tools to become a SQL Server Rockstar – FREE!

“SQL Server and .NET Training and Career Development” by Douglas Reilly – Links to a 3-part series abour career development written by Douglas Reilly

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. trupti parmar permalink
    May 14, 2010 11:15 PM

    Hello Mr. Marlon ,

    thanks to accept me as a member of linked DBA.

    sir, i have one query related to my career development plan, and i need your help to solve it.

    I am a student of IT field, and completed my Bachelor and Masters in computer application from India. And currently working as a lecturer with R.K. Group of Colleges in MCA dept since 3 years.

    I have a choice to be settled down at UAE So I am in a search of scope and career opportunity available in these geographical areas related to IT field.

    For that I am planning to go for certification course, like DBA .

    I check your profile and feel that you are also from IT field, So it is really helpful for me, if you can share some of your knowledge related to scope of such certification course, It really would be a great help to me.

    Sir, as i am from Education field so if you feal that i should continue with current field and i can find good job in same then please guide me some certification for education field.

    Thanks for your Co-operation.

    Trupti parmar.

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