You should never stop learning, especially within the IT industry. There are many fields to move into nowadays within the data space, you still have your classic / cloud DBA roles (crossing over to roles such as data engineer) and development roles too. Looking at the industry I see things like Big Data and Data Science becoming more popular. This led me to the Microsoft Professional Program where I spent my time completing the Big Data track – unfortunately it will be retired by Microsoft.
It is always a dark art trying to suss out why he/she is an MVP? Do they deserve it? What does it take? Why can’t I get it?
When learning new technologies many people will go towards training courses (in person or online) but many also go for certifications such as MCSA / MCSE, which I no longer pursue for many reasons.
Microsoft now have this idea of Professional Programs (https://academy.microsoft.com/en-us/professional-program/) with the aim of gaining technical job-ready skills and get real-world experience through online courses, hands-on labs, and expert instruction within a 3 month class period. They offer:
What? Is probably the most common reply out there and if it is then that is how I felt when I read the message early Thursday morning.
My ultimate goal in my professional life was to work for Microsoft, you can read about my failed attempt here https://blobeater.blog/2016/09/29/my-application-to-microsoft/ but since then I decided to put a lot of my energy into work outside of my day to day job.
What a great topic for this month’s T-SQL Tuesday hosted by Kendra Little https://littlekendra.com/2017/08/01/tsql-tuesday-93-interviewing-patterns-anti-patterns/
The topic being: Interviewing Patterns and Anti-Patterns. I have had MANY (50 +) interviews over time with a lot of failures, so what have I learnt?
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I have never been to SQLBits (https://sqlbits.com/) before (due to budgets) but I am really looking forward to attending which is just over a week away. The Data Platform has evolved so much and this is the chance to get some quality training under my belt especially in areas I know I need a “refresh” in.
A non-technical post but something I have been asked about few times so I thought that I would put pen to paper and tell you about my journey on becoming a senior DBA. You might find it fun to read.
This idea basically started from Andy Bek’s TSQL Tuesday last year #84 growing new speakers (https://sqlbek.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/t-sql-tuesday-84-growing-new-speakers/ – thanks Andy) and I have decided to share my experiences about what was going on in my head for when I was prepping for my first presentation for my local user group.
It’s coming towards the holiday season for me and I thought that I would wind-down a little with a non-technical post. I have been asked a few times over the past month where I got my online name from – BLOBEATER.
Well I will tell you. Firstly one of my favourite topics is DBCC CHECKDB ( and no I can’t use DBCC WRITEPAGE to fix corruption). Learning about it via sqlskills I noticed an internal variable called BlobEater which is a dummy variable with no purpose other than to consume any output from the CheckIndex function (source: http://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/paul/checkdb-internals-what-is-the-blobeater).
I thought this would be a good name for my online identity when you also throw in the fact that in my younger days my nick-name was BLOBBY!
So a past nick name + reference to of my favorite subjects ( which happens to be written by my ex-mentor) = best possible online name for me.
Thanks for reading.