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Advice for becoming an Oracle application developer

I am in the state of trying to learn Oracle. I am a beginner. What is the best way to start? I am trying to change my profession from travel agent to Oracle application developer.

Wow! That's certainly a major shift in career direction! Without knowing about your background (education, computer experience, etc.), it's a bit difficult to direct you specifically. But typically, when hiring programmers, employers look for people with the necessary programming skills who can think logically and pay close attention to detail. The job calls for patience, persistence, and the ability to work on exacting analytical work, especially under pressure. Ingenuity and imagination are also particularly important, when programmers design solutions and test their work for potential failures. The ability to work with abstract concepts and to do technical analysis is especially important for systems programmers, because they work with the software that controls the computer's operation. Since programmers are expected to work in teams and interact directly with users, employers want programmers who are able to communicate with nontechnical personnel.

Statistics show that over 46% of all employers who hire development staff are looking for a 4 year college degree in a computer-related field as well as some "real" experience. If you don't have a degree in the field nor any experience, you may have to start by taking some college level courses on programming, computer basics, design theory, etc. Often you can find night courses at a local junior college that could prove helpful. If you have a degree and/or computer/programming experience, you might want to look into taking some Oracle courses (Introduction to Oracle, Oracle Developer Forms, Oracle JDeveloper etc). Contact Oracle directly to discuss your situation with an education consultant to receive advice direct from the source.

There are lots of good books out there for you to review. You might want to just drop by your local book store and look through the Oracle section to see what catches your eye. If you've never used Oracle before, a good beginner book (Oracle - A Beginners Guide for instance) could give you a good overview of Oracle in general.

The biggest thing you need to do as you move forward is get some experience actually writing code and working with the database. After you've acquired enough skills to feel comfortable, you may want to see if you can find an internship type position to work to get real experience and learn from experienced folks 'on the job'.

All the best!

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