Have you you reached a plateau in your career?
If you have, consider becoming a contractor.
As a contractor, you may earn significantly more money (20% to 50% more) and you will find more challenging work for your skill sets.
In this post, I will show how you to minimize the risks while maximizing the benefits of being a contractor so that you end up with significantly more money in your pocket!
Well, I get a number of questions on the relationship between learning and practicing better relational database design principles and writing better, faster or more efficient Sql queries.
In this post, I will answer all these questions or the variations of them that focus on the necessity of learning database design when all you want to do is to write sql queries!
Here are some of the variations of this question:
Do I need to master relational database design in other to write better Sql queries?
Learning new Information Technology (IT) skills is typically thought of as painful because the Study Textbooks used in the Information Technology (IT) industry are usually written by geeks for a geeky, hard-core, technical audience.
This is why one of the challenges facing professionals today is how to overcome the difficulty, complexity or high learning curves typically associated with learning new Information Technology (IT) skills.
Keeping in mind that Sql or Database skills are useful in any industry including financial, insurance, banking or information technology sectors, wouldn’t it be really helpful if learning Sql or databases was made easy?
Are you matching your strengths to your opportunities or are you just being ideological … interested only in following your own ideas even when they won’t get you any results?
Here is a situation that illustrates the challenges of being ideological versus being results oriented. It is a situation that illustrates the challenges of learning an enterprise software like Oracle compared to a poor man’s database like Microsoft Access.
Are you wondering about who this situation involves? You are safe my friend because today, I will mainly be talking about me 🙂
This post about the personality types of database administrators (DBAs) is in response to Sandra’s question.
Sandra, thank you for taking the time to tweet a number of my posts, I appreciate you 🙂
Personality types like the Jung Myers-Briggs Type are used to describe the psychological characteristics of an individual.
For example, the famous Myers-Briggs has 16 personality types grouped as: Extroversion vs. Introversion, Intuiting vs. Sensing, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving.
In this post, I will describe some of the personality types of database administrators (DBAs).
In this issue, I will be answering a question submitted by a reader on “The Roles, Responsibilities or Job Description of Database Administrators (DBAs)“.
You can Ask IT Career Coach your toughest or most pressing questions and I will answer it fully just as I am answering this reader’s question below!
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Here is the reader’s question::
About The Database Administrator’s (DBA) Job Description
I am a final year BE student interested in developing a career in DBA
While a fair amount of the work that goes into creating, maintaining or optimizing databases is hidden from decision makers, the work that goes into creating reports is immediately visible to management and so, must be given a good deal of attention.
This post is written as a guide for creating SQL based reports. It helps ensure that high quality, valid, reliable reports are created by report writers.
After reading this post, you would have a formal process for creating SQL reports and a step by step guide for reporting on data contained in AS400, Oracle, SQL Server, Microsoft Access or some other database platform.
The 7 Top, In-Demand Database Careers
Database skills are foundational to jobs in the IT Industry.
By that, I mean whether you’re a business analyst, software tester, project manager, software developer or even a web designer, you’ll be using relational database and sql query writing skills at some time in your career.
Database or SQL skills are also important because they position you for multiple careers paths ranging from that of the database developer to the data mining professional.
Career Paths for Database Professionals
Here is a comprehensive list of database career paths and their respective roles, duties, responsibilities and skill sets.
The Microsoft Access Relational Database has been around for a while and it is used in many businesses, Information Technology (IT) Teams and organizations.
Microsoft Access is commonly used in building desktop software applications, data analysis programs and corporate databases where the number of records are as few as 2 billion records or the number of users who access the system at any one time are as few as ten concurrent users.
The ease with which Microsoft access database developers create functional relational databases, add data entry forms, build reports and distribute their database projects to multiple users creates a market for skilled Microsoft Access Relational Database developers.
There is an article on Elance that says that SQL skills are currently the third, most in-demand skill on the Elance job network
Elance for those of you who’ve never heard of it, is one of the top job sites for freelancers or remote workers or offsite consultants
You may not have heard of Elance because you’ve always worked a full-time job and you don’t know much about the freelancing or moonlighting world or perhaps you have worked freelance jobs, but for some reason, have never heard of Elance.
If you want to master working with SQL or are preparing for a SQL Interview, you already know that answering SQL interview questions is key to getting hired for a SQL job.
What you may not know is that the importance of learning SQL Interview Questions goes beyond just getting a job!
Believe it or not, getting a SQL job is not as hard as keeping the job after you get it!
In this article I will share the most effective strategies for acing SQL interview questions, getting a job or keeping a SQL job after you get it!
How you value knowledge tells me a lot about who you are … because knowledge capital is the most important resource in any organization.
In the digital age, what makes one employee more valuable than the next employee is simply stated … the amount of knowledge, skill, expertise, training and learning they have managed to acquire and put to use.
Now, managers are not interested in employees that know it all … only in employees that constantly put their knowledge capital to work by solving corporate problems or challenges … those employees are the gold mines in any organization.
The technical skill most in demand or frequently asked for on business analyst job postings, computer programmer jobs, data analyst positions, report writer job openings or most software development job postings is relational database management skills including SQL programming, database design, database development and SQL querying skills.
Are you surprised or in doubt?
Take a look at the job postings for business analysts, computer programmers, data analysts or database developer jobs and you will see that the technical skills common to all software development professions include:
Relational database design skills
Relational database development skills
If you are interested in registering for an online training class, here is some additional information that you need to consider before you sign up for the ongoing SQL BOOT CAMP or BUSINESS ANALYST BOOT CAMP or SOFTWARE DEVELOPER BOOT CAMP.
Career Roadmap and Career Planning
1. The online SQL BOOT CAMP class is for database developers, data analysts, report writers / developers, business analysts or software developers who want to learn or master two (2) core or fundamental programming skills:
a. Relational database design and database development
b. SQL query writing and SQL programming
The training courses at SQL Boot Camp is for data analysts, report
writers, SQL developers, business analysts, computer programmers and database
developers who want to improve their SQL or database skills .
The SQL training courses are a combination of hands-on, practical training
combined with real world projects.
Step By Step Training Courses
You study step by step the concepts you need to master to design efficient,
enterprise scalable relational databases at your own pace, schedule
and time and from the comfort of your home or office.
What is the fastest way to learn a technical, business skill or life skill?
Is any of these the fastest way to learn a skill?
1. Articles, tutorials or books?
2. Video or CD based courses?
3. Audio or MP3 based courses?
My Career Makeover Secret
If you have been following my blog, you probably know by now that I was educated as a chemical engineer.
However, I changed my career to information technology after I graduated and started work.
The demand for SQL query writing or database skills is tied to the high demand for web, intranet and internet application development skills
Organizations invest in web projects because they need to automate their business operations as it grows in complexity, expands in size or becomes more profitable.
This post addresses the following questions:
- Why is SQL query writing skills needed?
- What do SQL query writers do?
- How can you become a SQL query writer?
- What makes SQL query writers different from other developers?