T-SQL Tuesday #34: Help! I Need Somebody!

T-SQL Tuesday #34: Help! I Need Somebody!

T-SQL Tuesday #34: Help! I Need Somebody! 150 150 Carlos L Chacon

As I am really just starting to blog on a regular basis, I thought this T-SQL Tuesday topic on someone who has helped you would be a good first topic to write about in this wonderful SQL community.

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I took two database classes in college and I can still remember saying to myself–“I will NEVER be a dba.”  I was actually on track to become a network admin and was studying for my CCNA.  It still makes me laugh when I think about it.

My first job out of college was with a company called IndigeTech, which is now part of CodeX, Inc.  At the time IndigeTech was a small consulting firm and I was their internal IT guy and I had the privilege of working under the tutelage of José Castaños.   José taught me several important things

  1. How to find answers to questions I didn’t know.
  2. How to form good questions so I could get information from other people.
  3. Don’t evade work you don’t know how to do.

All of these points have played a role in my career development and I am so grateful I had challenging experiences early in my career so I would be willing to take on more challenging assignments later.  Isn’t that how we learn best–by solving a problem?

Two others I should thank are Robert Pollard, who convinced me to apply for my first DBA position, and Paul Oster, who told me I should go to our local SQL Server users group meeting.  He kept pestering me to go and I haven’t missed many since.  🙂

Imagine what’s possible with a dedicated SQL specialist on your team.

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