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Advice for MS SQL Server DBA transitioning to Oracle DBA

I am a MS SQL Server DBA with 4 1/2 years experience in a production trading environment. I supported 10 SQL Servers in a 24x7 environment with no time to learn other skills. My former company paid for me to take the Oracle 8i DBA track. I completed the courses in 2000 but did not get any hands on experience. I have since been laid off, and now I want to become an Oracle DBA. Do I need to take the classes over again, or try to get a junior Oracle DBA position, which is difficult in this market? Any ideas or suggestions will be helpful. Thanks in advance.

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A certification is always a plus but a certification without any experience doesn't help as much. Your MS SQL Server experience should count for something and can point a prospective employer towards your ability to be successful in a DBA role.

Yes, it can be hard to find a Jr. DBA position, particularly if you aren't willing or able to move to where a job might be. Keep a look out at online job search companies (Dice, Monster, etc) as well as Oracle's site etc. Check Google or other search engine for "Oracle jobs".

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This was first published in May 2002

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