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As a self-taught MS Access developer how would I label myself?

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I've been programming in Access for over 10 years. I've got ODBC, DAO, ADO and Automation to Excel & Word down packed. I use a lot of API calls in my Db's with little to no exceptions. Queries, reports, charts, pivot tables no problem. VBA is my first love. (VB/VB.Net my mistress) There's not much I can't program Access to do. The meat of this question is, with no certifications, or any type of degree what label can I say I am like when I freelance or apply for work on Access Db jobs? Everybody has a title, I have the skills but am ignorant of the industry. Can you help me?
Jan 5 '14 #1
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zmbd
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In your situation, you really cannot use any title, except perhaps, the generic "Consultant."

For example, I have most of what you have and then some (basically almost double the years); however, the only certification(s) I have are for my primary which is in Chemistry, and even then I rarely use them as they are not PhD thus come across as somewhat, well, self-important unless they are needed to certify to Government agency or a customer requests certifications.

You can look into certification programs that might be offered by a local university (call them, they can usually direct you to the right sources) or something like what is offered by Microsoft: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

BE VERY CAREFUL with any of the internet offers, there are a lot of valid programs out there; however, there are a lot of roaches wating for the unsuspecting victim!

(also, I'm moving this to the career advice forum.)
Jan 5 '14 #2

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