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Solaris expert needs to break into as entry-level Oracle dba

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Hello all:

I am a Solaris Unix Administrator with 6+ yrs. of experience in major
companies who also has experience with AIX. Since I am good at Unix I
would like to move into Oracle world, preferrably as an entry-level
DBA. I have started preparing for the first OCA exams but am looking
for an entry-level Oracle job. (even if it is an intern its fine for
now).
How do I break into Oracle world? Although I have Unix certifications,
an engineering bachelors, some shell scripting etc, I find that nobody
is willing to let me in. I just need to get my foot in the door.
Please advise.
Jul 19 '05 #1
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Easy.

Move offshore and it will come to you.

za*******@yahoo.com (cyber-arkitect) wrote in message news:<6f**************************@posting.google. com>...
Hello all:

I am a Solaris Unix Administrator with 6+ yrs. of experience in major
companies who also has experience with AIX. Since I am good at Unix I
would like to move into Oracle world, preferrably as an entry-level
DBA. I have started preparing for the first OCA exams but am looking
for an entry-level Oracle job. (even if it is an intern its fine for
now).
How do I break into Oracle world? Although I have Unix certifications,
an engineering bachelors, some shell scripting etc, I find that nobody
is willing to let me in. I just need to get my foot in the door.
Please advise.

Jul 19 '05 #2

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za*******@yahoo.com (cyber-arkitect) wrote in message news:<6f**************************@posting.google. com>...
Hello all:

I am a Solaris Unix Administrator with 6+ yrs. of experience in major
companies who also has experience with AIX. Since I am good at Unix I
would like to move into Oracle world, preferrably as an entry-level
DBA. I have started preparing for the first OCA exams but am looking
for an entry-level Oracle job. (even if it is an intern its fine for
now).
How do I break into Oracle world? Although I have Unix certifications,
an engineering bachelors, some shell scripting etc, I find that nobody
is willing to let me in. I just need to get my foot in the door.
Please advise.


Oracle is completely different from Unix. A good command of SQL is
mandatory. Likely your problem is going to be you have insufficient
programming experience.
Most competent DBAs have originally worked as developer.

Sybrand Bakker
Senior Oracle DBA
Jul 19 '05 #3

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Thanks, Sybrand. I do have cert in c/c++ programming and have worked
as a developer for a bit. But I still didn't get any answer to my
original query. I have, in past and at present am studying SQL and
that would be not my main problem.

Any craetive suggestions that might help me break into the field?


sy******@yahoo.com wrote in message news:<a1**************************@posting.google. com>...
za*******@yahoo.com (cyber-arkitect) wrote in message news:<6f**************************@posting.google. com>...
Hello all:

I am a Solaris Unix Administrator with 6+ yrs. of experience in major
companies who also has experience with AIX. Since I am good at Unix I
would like to move into Oracle world, preferrably as an entry-level
DBA. I have started preparing for the first OCA exams but am looking
for an entry-level Oracle job. (even if it is an intern its fine for
now).
How do I break into Oracle world? Although I have Unix certifications,
an engineering bachelors, some shell scripting etc, I find that nobody
is willing to let me in. I just need to get my foot in the door.
Please advise.


Oracle is completely different from Unix. A good command of SQL is
mandatory. Likely your problem is going to be you have insufficient
programming experience.
Most competent DBAs have originally worked as developer.

Sybrand Bakker
Senior Oracle DBA

Jul 19 '05 #4

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za*******@yahoo.com (cyber-arkitect) wrote in message news:<6f**************************@posting.google. com>...
Hello all:

I am a Solaris Unix Administrator with 6+ yrs. of experience in major
companies who also has experience with AIX. Since I am good at Unix I
would like to move into Oracle world, preferrably as an entry-level
DBA. I have started preparing for the first OCA exams but am looking
for an entry-level Oracle job. (even if it is an intern its fine for
now).
How do I break into Oracle world?


If I were in your shoes, I'd target smaller firms that may be in the
market for a combination systems administrator/ DBA/ developer. Firms
that aren't large enough to have full-time systems admins, full-time
DBA's, etc are going to tend to be a lot more receptive to someone who
has excellent systems administration credentials and is excited about
learning the DBA tasks.

The other option is to look for a position as a database developer
(i.e. SQL or PL/SQL programmer). Many larger organizations will pull
their entry-level DBA's from among their better SQL developers.

Justin Cave
Jul 19 '05 #5

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za*******@yahoo.com (cyber-arkitect) wrote in message news:<6f**************************@posting.google. com>...
Hello all:

I am a Solaris Unix Administrator with 6+ yrs. of experience in major
companies who also has experience with AIX. Since I am good at Unix I
would like to move into Oracle world, preferrably as an entry-level
DBA. I have started preparing for the first OCA exams but am looking
for an entry-level Oracle job. (even if it is an intern its fine for
now).
How do I break into Oracle world?


If I were in your shoes, I'd target smaller firms that may be in the
market for a combination systems administrator/ DBA/ developer. Firms
that aren't large enough to have full-time systems admins, full-time
DBA's, etc are going to tend to be a lot more receptive to someone who
has excellent systems administration credentials and is excited about
learning the DBA tasks.

The other option is to look for a position as a database developer
(i.e. SQL or PL/SQL programmer). Many larger organizations will pull
their entry-level DBA's from among their better SQL developers.

Justin Cave
Jul 19 '05 #6

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