I have five years of IT experience. In these years, I worked as a Visual Basic programmer for four years, as a Web developer using ASP for six months and as an Oracle DBA for six months. Right now I am getting $50K per year. My current job does not provide me with any opportunities to learn new technologies and grow in my career. It is a support position involving very old technology. I am considering leaving this job and spending seven or eight months in training to learn the latest technologies. My main aim is to get a good salary and lay a foundation to hold key IT positions (like an architect) in future.
But I am not sure what training I should get. I narrowed my options to the following:
- Oracle DBA
- SAP technical consultant (ABAP, EAI, and Java-based expertise)
- SAP Oracle administration
- Basis administration
Could you please tell me which option would be financially more rewarding and help me get a job
relatively soon in this market? Thanks a lot for your response.
If that's not already the case, as you work through the OCP-DBA requirements, you might also want to start looking for an Oracle job at a place where they also use SAP. That'll give you an important leg up in working your way up to SAP consultant status. Expect to take a few years -- probably three, five or more -- to work your way into this status; a lot of time, experience, effort and expense will be required along the way.
Good luck with your learning and career development adventures.
This was first published in September 2004