Tag Archives: career

Lessons for all of us

I write a fair amount about career issues. It’s one of the largest tags in my word cloud, and I’m proud of that. I’ve seen too many people in bad jobs for too long, had a few myself, watched my wife … Continue reading

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Editorial Republish: Mercenary

I’m out at the Redgate Data Privacy Summit today, so I’ve republished Mercenary.

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Interviewing Avatars

Imagine that you go to interview a candidate over Skype or even a phone call and the first thing you see or hear is: “Hi, my name is Hank, and I am an avatar. I will answer all your questions … Continue reading

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Intrinsic or Extrinsic

I was listening to an interview recently that talked about life and why many of us do what we do. It was a piece that also discussed some of the problems with modern US society and some of the potential … Continue reading

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In Depth Learning at the PASS Summit

This past week the pre-conference sessions for the 2018 PASS Summit were released. There’s a good list of topics and speakers, returning and new presenters, that you can choose from. If you’re planning on attending the Summit, I would review the options … Continue reading

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Is the DBA Title Dying?

Not is the DBA joib dying, though we could argue about that as well. Instead, I’m asking if the title of Database Administrator is going away. Are there going to be people that really want to send out resumes and apply … Continue reading

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Are You a Traffic Cop?

There’s a joke that a DBA’s favorite word is “no”. I think that was certainly true for the individual from whom I first learned about Oracle and SQL Server administration. He constantly pushed back on developers and management who requested … Continue reading

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Learning Goals 2018–February Review

Better than month 1. Only XE this month. My first week I got a reminder to spend some time on XE, so I watched a couple modules of Jonathan Kehayias’s Pluralsight course.  A lot of review, but I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Build a Career Radar

I got started in database work during an internship. I was asked to program some Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheets to help a department. I was pretty proud of the mess I made, since it helped someone with scheduling. Another person noticed … Continue reading

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Muddle Through

I used to work in the restaurant business. I got started after my first year at college, landing a job waiting tables in a new hotel. It was eye opening for me to see just how stressful and difficult that … Continue reading

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