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Re: Career questions: databases

From: EdStevens <>
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2007 05:37:58 -0700
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On Jun 30, 3:31 pm, Bob Badour <> wrote:
> hpuxrac wrote:
> > On Jun 30, 10:12 am, DA Morgan <> wrote:
> >>dreamznatcher wrote:
> >>>Hello,
> >>>I'm considering a career switch to a more database-related job, but
> >>>need help on a few questions and issues. I'm a Computer Engineering
> >>>graduate and have always felt most comfortable creating database-
> >>>driven applications, preferably for web portals.
> >>>[My questions:]
> >>>1. What are the most viable career options for me out there? What
> >>>profile do I fit in?
> >>You don't fit into any specific hash bucket but rather likely have
> >>the ability to morph into whichever one you wish.
> >>Rather than approaching it from the standpoint of "I'm a square peg
> >>which hole should I put myself in?" Turn it around and say "I am a
> >>morphable peg and which hole would I most enjoy being in?"
> >>>2. What is the current job market/salary situation for database
> >>>professionals? With my current skills, what kind of job might I end up
> >>>with?
> >>Best place to look is,,, etc. But
> >>the job market today is not the job market of tomorrow. Certainly
> >>there are some things that are safer bets than others. One can
> >>essentially guarantee Oracle will still be around in 20 years whereas
> >>one can be rather certain a large number of products and companies
> >>will not be: At least not in their current form.
> >>>3. What are the stuff I should focus/learn to advance my skills
> >>>optimally?
> >>Depends on what you want to be doing when you are 57 years old. The
> >>only correct answer is asking strangers is a sure road to disaster.
> >>>4. And finally, is there any university degree (MS) specializing in
> >>>databases anywhere? (I'm also deeply interested in the internal
> >>>mechanism/theoretical aspect of databases.)
> >>What country? I'm not aware of one in the US but you might want to
> >>contact Professor Carl Dudley at University of Wolverhampton with
> >>respect to the EU.
> >>>_Please read my (following) profile before replying!_
> >>>[I'm proficient in: ]
> >>>- Oracle (8i, 9i), MySQL (4.1.xx), MS Access
> >>>- Have working knowledge of SQL Server 2000
> >>>- Intend to learn SQLite and MySQL 5 soon
> >>>- JS, PHP
> >>>- Intend to learn AJAX, JSON, ASP.Net soon
> >>To be brutally honest with you ... no you aren't. One of the things
> >>that gets me to toss a resume into the discard pile when looking at
> >>resumes is a laundry list of technologies so vast no person could
> >>possibly be competent in all of them. Above is such a list and not
> >>only are you not proficient in all of them neither is anyone else.
> >>Lists like this create an immediate negative impression except in
> >>HR departments staffed by former shoe salesmen. <g>
> >>--
> >>Daniel A. Morgan
> >>University of Washington
> >> (replace x with u to respond)
> >>Puget Sound Oracle Users
> > Mr. Morgan said "I'm a morphable peg and which hole would I most enjoy
> > being in"?.
> > Yikes.
> He also said the above is a long list of technologies that nobody could
> learn. I suspect he is mentally retarded and doesn't realize it yet so
> he assumes everybody else is too.

He didn't say nobody could learn them. He said nobody could be *proficient* in *all* of them. And I would add "especially at the apparently young age of the OP". Received on Tue Jul 03 2007 - 07:37:58 CDT

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