Re: DBA Skill tree
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2009 12:15:11 -0600
I would have to echo Bill's comment.
Being a one man shop, I know for a fact that my skill set has degenerated drastically. I simply don't have the time to concentrate on one or two aspects and become intimately familar with them. I spend all of my time running around putting out fires, trying to develop new 'features' into my Apex apps, keeping all of the computers in the office running, and answering end-user questions on everything computer related.
Back in the old Bureau of Mines days (pre-1996), there were 5 full time guv'mint employees and two contractors doing what I'm doing by myself now. Even back then, we didn't have much chance to experiemnt and expand our knowledge, but at least we had the chance.
On Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 9:48 AM, William Wagman <wjwagman_at_ucdavis.edu> 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
> Univ. of California at Davis
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> On Behalf Of Cary Millsap
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> 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 <rprabha01_at_gmail.com>
> Fellow Listers,
> I have time and again come to believe that good old values like solid
> due diligence, initiative, dedication and ultimately your judgement related
> problem solving is the key.
> The old or new school classification of the DBAs is a red herring..
> My 2cents,
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