The question: What course or job to take to restart my career?
I was an IT professional and developed a variety of systems on a number of platforms. I worked in the civil service and did some work in the financial sector where I gained experience in SQL Server. That was six years ago. Since then I have been caring at home for elderly relatives. I am thinking of re-training as a database administrator, but I am not sure how to go about it. Should I choose a course or get experience on the job?
The solution: You will always learn more on the job
The IT industry evolves at a tremendous rate and over the past six years there have been significant developments. So to ensure you do not sink before you can swim, I would suggest some on-the-job experience before embarking on any new training course.
Working as part of an IT team, you will quickly get up to speed on what's new in terms of technologies, and the skills needed to succeed.
A job where you can use your previous SQL Server experience, which is in high demand at the moment, combined with an introduction to database administration(DBA) would introduce you to this subject area and allow you to get a feel for the job and find out if it is an area you wish to pursue.
You may find out that the IT industry has changed so much it is no longer for you. On the other hand, you might question how you ever could have given it up.
If it turns out that DBA is something you wish to specialise in, there are accelerated training courses that can get you fully qualified in weeks. For example, a Microsoft Certified DBA course would enable you to gain all the necessary skills to pursue a career in DBA. DBA is an area of IT that needs skilled professionals and once you have the necessary qualifications the possibilities are endless.
Solution by Robert Chapman co-founder and chief executive, The Training Camp
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