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Becoming a DBA with no experience

My path to becoming a DBA is a bit different and I was wondering if you could help me a bit more. I took an Oracle boot camp training camp (one week) with no computer experience so I ended up studying with the DVDs in order to obtain my OCP. That was five years ago and I have no practical experience. I am returning to a community college in Dallas which offers a DBA certificate and an Oracle associate certificate. What else can I do to better my chances of getting a job? Thanks for your time.

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With no IT experience, it is going to be very tough landing a job as a DBA. You may end up having to take a different IT job and working your way up the ladder. Otherwise, do anything you can database-related. Hook up with a local Oracle users group and interact with the professionals there. You may find a job lead through them. An alternative is to use something like (or other networking sites) to reach out to see if you can find something there.

This was first published in July 2007

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