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Re: How to confirm someone is an OCP?

From: Paul Brewer <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 18:51:50 +0100
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"David Wabel" <> wrote in message
> As luck would have it I made the decision to make a career change
> this an Oracle DBA, and was wondering if OCP made sense.
> My background is 9 years with Informix, leaving there in 1996,
> having started as a junior consultant and leaving as senior systems
> engineer (sales engineer) working with large banks helping them architect
> their database systems.
> I took a detour to work in dot com land for a while and now find
> myself laid off, stranded with lots of semi-useless online marketing
> knowledge and lots of detailed knowledge of a database few companies use.
> Even though it breaks my heart ( happen to think Informix had a superior
> product ) I hope to leverage my knowledge to help companies migrate off
> Informix to Oracle.
> I've been investigating taking the 4 online classes at $400
> each and the $180 for the certification. That's a total of
> $1780 ( A lot of $$$ ).
> But for me at least, OCP may make sense to demonstrate my initiative,
> get the needed initial education, and ( hopefully ) enable me to re-enter
> the database field.
> Or does it just show that I'm stupid enough to give more money
> to help Larry finish his Japanese palace ?
> -d

I'd say go for it. IMHO you are demonstrating exactly the right attitude. FWIW, I'd recommend at the same time getting hold of the software and installing it on your home PC (something like $49.99 for the CDs or free - but humungous - to download). Then buy a couple of books, make a start on reading the Oracle documentation (esp. the Concepts Guide), build a couple of databases and play and play.

Best of luck!

Paul Received on Sat Jul 13 2002 - 12:51:50 CDT

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