Re: DBA Skill tree

From: Dan Norris <>
Date: Fri, 03 Apr 2009 11:10:17 -0500
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I think the thing that may set you apart is that 1) you're aware that you need to stay sharp and doing so is difficult when you're seeing the same servers/env all the time and 2) you're looking for ways to grow your knowledge both inside your current job and creative alternatives elsewhere. Those in danger (especially in these tougher times) are those that don't have that self-awareness. As GI Joe said "Knowing is half the battle." :)


William Wagman wrote:

I would agree with both Dan and Cary. As an ‘old school DBA’ having worked in the same position for nearly 15 years I often feel that I don’t have the opportunity to broaden my experience ‘under fire’ if you will. I’ve often wished, and asked the University to investigate, the possibility of an occasional 3 month internship with a another company (faculty get sabbaticals after all). I think (although I might be holding too high an expectation) that the different experience I would pick up there and be able to bring back would be most useful. Granted, I have to learn new things regularly but nevertheless in the same environment. I’m not sure I am articulating well but I often felt that I learned the most when placed in a new environment. Just my $0.02.




Bill Wagman
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From: [] On Behalf Of Cary Millsap
Sent: Friday, April 03, 2009 8:07 AM
To: Oracle-L Freelists
Subject: Re: DBA Skill tree


To amplify Dan's point a little bit, I don't remember where I saw the quote, but somewhere I've read:

"You don't have twenty years of experience. You have only one year of experience twenty times."

I think that's important.

Cary Millsap

On Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 9:56 AM, Rajeev Prabhakar <> wrote:

Fellow Listers,

I have time and again come to believe that good old values like solid research,
due diligence, initiative, dedication and ultimately your judgement related to
problem solving is the key.

The old or new school classification of the DBAs is a red herring..

My 2cents,


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