I have finished my degree in engineering in the computer science department. I am doing now OCP certification fundamental 1. I want to become a DBA. I need your valuable suggestions on how to proceed from now. What are the other areas I should improve?

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I would start by reading my recent article, "DBA 102: Beyond the basics," in which I talk about the technical and soft skills you will need to succeed as a DBA. In addition, the best advice I can give you right now is to put what you learn into practice. Download a trial version of Oracle and administer it as you learn it. When you interview for that first position, make sure you demonstrate your desire and willingness to learn.

This was first published in July 2007

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