Re: DBA Skill tree

From: Yong Huang <>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2009 13:44:25 -0700 (PDT)
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Stefan Knecht wrote:
> the years of experience count for nothing

I can't agree more! A job interview should only evaluate the candidate's technical skills, his methods in problem analysis, and work attitude. But to make the interview a friendly talk, praising his years of work experience is customary.

Dan Norris wrote:
> I'd again have to disagree on using experience as a measuring tool of
> anything. I think instead of experience, you mean proficiency or competency

English lumps two meanings into one word, "experience", hence the confusion. According to meanings 1 to 3 can be grouped into one (done that been there), and 4 is the other (gained knowledge and wisdom from that). The Chinese language is fortunate enough to have two separate words for these two meanings.

Charles Schultz wrote:
> how does one know what one needs to stay competent (proficient, experienced, etc *grin*)?

I'd say three things, existing skills, IQ, and willingness to learn. Charles, you were still talking about existing or already acquired skills. But to stay experienced, the person must also be intelligent and willing to learn. These two characters are often overlooked, especially intelligence.

Yong Huang       

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