Re: Best location for new graduates?

From: kevx <>
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 00:50:26 -0500
Message-ID: <479c1b7c$0$8663$>

Thanks, David. I have been working with 10g for about 2 years in the classroom, so I've learned my way around it well, and PL/SQL is a language I enjoy. SQL Server is another story because they concentrated on Oracle at my college. I've installed it and I'm learning it now. Yes, I know that certification without experience is nearly useless, but I think it does look better than nothing at all on a resume for a new graduate.

About Duluth, an online search shows no entry level jobs listed there. It would be difficult for me to move somewhere without reasonable assurance of a good job market for my skills. Any leads, Friends?

Thanks.. wrote:

    > On Jan 23, 4:39 pm, kevx <> wrote:

>> Thanks, David and Joel. Duluth sounds interesting. I already figured
>> that I'd have to at least start in programming, which is no problem. I
>> think I'll get Sql Server certified, too, although I prefer Oracle.
>> Whatever it takes to get a foot in the door, right? Wish me luck. anyone
>> else have suggestions? All are appreciated!
>> kevx wrote:
>>> I'm just finishing up my B.A. in database technologies, and I've been
>>> looking for my first position in the field. There are lots of Oracle
>>> jobs in my area (Tampa, FL) but no one seems to be interested in new
>>> graduates with no experience. I've heard that other areas in the US
>>> aren't as competitive and often hire entry level with little or no
>>> experience. Doe's anyone have any suggestions as to where I should look
>>> and possibly move?
>>> Thank you!- Hide quoted text -
>> - Show quoted text -

> Getting 'certified' doesn't mean much anymore, since anyone with a few
> extra dollars to spend can get certified and still have absolutely no
> practical experience. I've known people who 'earned' their OCP and
> cannot answer a simple question like 'what is a rowid?' I would
> suggest, instead, that you download a copy of Oracle 10g or 11g,
> install it and begin working with it, learning what it can do. Any
> experience is better than no experience.
> If you're also serious about the SQL Server path I would recommend you
> visit and download the 180 day evaluation copy
> of SQL Server 2005 and 'play' with that. You do need to remember that
> even though both products are DBMS servers the similarities pretty
> much end there. Very little of the operational and syntactical
> knowledge is transferrable between the two. So, don't expect that the
> 'if I know one then the other is easy' addage to hold true; it won't.
> Of course you may get caught up in the exciting night life and social
> arena that is Duluth. Just promise me you won't go astray and visit
> that den of iniquity known as Bemidji. <g>
> David Fitzjarrell
Received on Sat Jan 26 2008 - 23:50:26 CST

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