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OCP is not enough, need extensive experience

Hi group,

I am a software professional working at Trivandrum, south India, with
around 4 years mixed experience in J2EE development, Crystal Reports,
Customer support, Oracle DBA activities and developer support in
PL-SQL. My worry is that I was not able to succeed careerwise in any
one of these areas since I have all these multiple responsibilities -
obviously because ours is a small organization. So last year I
thought of pursuing OCP (Oracle certified professional) programme and
secure a DBA job and I completed the course in about 6 months. But
adding to my misery I could not get a placement elsewhere since I am
an inexperienced DBA with no production experience. There is nothing
like entry level DBA and now I regret my decision. I have limited
responsibility as DBA - once in a week I take logical backup, I have
done some tuning activities , especially statement level and
modification of SGA size. This is nothing compared to the employers
expectations where extensive experience is required which is
impossible in my current employment. The only thing I could do is just
reading documentation, DBA handbooks, try to simulate scenarios and
play with them.

We have an 8i database running in Win2000.

I was late to understand that there arent many entry level DBAs and
most people I have met with extensive DBA experience are system admins
or developers turned DBAs. Now I am planning to switch back to J2EE
development.

Do you agree with this ? Please advice.

all suggestions welcome.

TIA

Pramod Ramachandran
Jul 19 '05 #1
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Pramod Ramachandran wrote:
Hi group,

I am a software professional working at Trivandrum, south India, with
around 4 years mixed experience in J2EE development, Crystal Reports,
Customer support, Oracle DBA activities and developer support in
PL-SQL. My worry is that I was not able to succeed careerwise in any
one of these areas since I have all these multiple responsibilities -
obviously because ours is a small organization. So last year I
thought of pursuing OCP (Oracle certified professional) programme and
secure a DBA job and I completed the course in about 6 months. But
adding to my misery I could not get a placement elsewhere since I am
an inexperienced DBA with no production experience. There is nothing
like entry level DBA and now I regret my decision. I have limited
responsibility as DBA - once in a week I take logical backup, I have
done some tuning activities , especially statement level and
modification of SGA size. This is nothing compared to the employers
expectations where extensive experience is required which is
impossible in my current employment. The only thing I could do is just
reading documentation, DBA handbooks, try to simulate scenarios and
play with them.

We have an 8i database running in Win2000.

I was late to understand that there arent many entry level DBAs and
most people I have met with extensive DBA experience are system admins
or developers turned DBAs. Now I am planning to switch back to J2EE
development.

Do you agree with this ? Please advice.

all suggestions welcome.

TIA

Pramod Ramachandran


I too was thinking of making a career switch to DBA (earlier posting). I
realized I'd be taking a pay cut, but continue to worry about getting
that first junior DBA position. Are you only looking in India or
elsewhere? Curious to the market conditions.

Zack

Jul 19 '05 #2
Hi Zack,

I advice not to go for a junior DBA position if you dont have scope
for learning in your current employment. I am looking for a junior DBA
position in India. But my worry is that I am working in a firm where
DBA activities are very limited and there is little scope of getting
good exposure, but I dont know the situation in the US.

Pramod
Zack Bethem <zb*****@NO-SPAMspeakeasy.net> wrote in message news:<ZM********************@speakeasy.net>...
Pramod Ramachandran wrote:
Hi group,

I am a software professional working at Trivandrum, south India, with
around 4 years mixed experience in J2EE development, Crystal Reports,
Customer support, Oracle DBA activities and developer support in
PL-SQL. My worry is that I was not able to succeed careerwise in any
one of these areas since I have all these multiple responsibilities -
obviously because ours is a small organization. So last year I
thought of pursuing OCP (Oracle certified professional) programme and
secure a DBA job and I completed the course in about 6 months. But
adding to my misery I could not get a placement elsewhere since I am
an inexperienced DBA with no production experience. There is nothing
like entry level DBA and now I regret my decision. I have limited
responsibility as DBA - once in a week I take logical backup, I have
done some tuning activities , especially statement level and
modification of SGA size. This is nothing compared to the employers
expectations where extensive experience is required which is
impossible in my current employment. The only thing I could do is just
reading documentation, DBA handbooks, try to simulate scenarios and
play with them.

We have an 8i database running in Win2000.

I was late to understand that there arent many entry level DBAs and
most people I have met with extensive DBA experience are system admins
or developers turned DBAs. Now I am planning to switch back to J2EE
development.

Do you agree with this ? Please advice.

all suggestions welcome.

TIA

Pramod Ramachandran


I too was thinking of making a career switch to DBA (earlier posting). I
realized I'd be taking a pay cut, but continue to worry about getting
that first junior DBA position. Are you only looking in India or
elsewhere? Curious to the market conditions.

Zack

Jul 19 '05 #3

i am OCP DBA 9i, having 4 years expirience in vb/ORACLE/SQL as
develope. recently i got OCP. but it not helping me to get entry level
job in DBA position.
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