I want to become a DBA. What can you recommend for new learners like me?
Hi, I want to become a DBA. I have got my BS degree and I have some knowledge on Databases. What can you recommend for new learners like me and how can I get a job as a DBA? Please advise.—Tanvir
Oprah Winfrey once said: “What I know for sure is this: The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal for this year is, you can get there—as long as you’re willing to be honest with yourself about the preparation and work involved. There are no back doors, no free rides. There’s just you, this moment and a choice.” (January 2003 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine). Here are my suggestions for getting to your goal.
- Study: Books are expensive but the complete Oracle documentation is also available online for free download and the 2 Day DBA guide will help you get started. If you subscribe to Safari Books Online, you will have instant online access to the best database books including certification books. A 10-Slot Bookshelf only costs $22.99 per month. You can use code MXNPRWH to get a 20% discount. Please don’t be tempted to download pirated copies of books from the internet. As database administrators we are guardians of sensitive data and should have high ethical standards.
- Get certified: Certification will give you something to show for all your effort. Luckily, expensive instructor-led classroom training is not mandated for the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) certification. The OCA syllabus is posted on the Oracle website. The certification guide I recommend is OCA: Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Associate Study Guide: (Exams1Z0-051 and 1Z0-052) by Biju Thomas.
- Take advantage of free online resources: You can download and install the Oracle software onto your laptop free of charge for study purposes. You can also download a VirtualBox virtual machine containing a complete suite of Oracle software on the Linux platform. Oracle by Example (OBE) tutorials provide step-by-step instructions and screenshots for many common tasks.
- Join your local Oracle users group: I am the president of the Northern California Oracle Users Group (NoCOUG) which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011 and can vouch for the tremendous educational and networking benefits to be gained from membership in an Oracle users group. Morgan’s Library includes a comprehensive listing of Oracle user groups worldwide.
- Check job listings: I suggest that you review job listings to get a sense of what employers are looking for. Click here for a listing of entry-level DBA jobs from Indeed.com (22 job postings on May 29, 2011). Click here for a listing of junior DBA jobs (104 job postings on May 29, 2011).
I hope this helps. Please come back sometime and let me know how you are progressing or share your findings.
Best of luck,
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