Tuesday, May 14, 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #42–The Long and Winding Road


This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is brought to us from Wendy Pastrick (Blog|Twitter). We are talking about how we got to where we are currently, and to where we are going. To wit, I will continue as if I Google mapped my life.

A: University graduation
B: Retirement

Suggested routes
Become a sys admin with pay scale $175K+ per year
Marry a woman with money have child(ren)
Become a lion tamer/carney

Life directions to System Administration, Michigan
                        This route has tolls
A. University Graduation

1.       Graduate Western Michigan University 5.5 yrs
2.      Get local assistant network manager position 10.5mo
3.      Stay in said position for a short time tolling event
4.      Follow with soon-to-be wife to new city
5.       Turn left with company as a temp  network administrator 6mo
6.      Merge with company as a full-time network administrator 3 yrs
7.       Create DBA tasks, and job duties. Become Accidental DBA
8.      Take detour
a.       Become a father to a beautiful baby boy tolling event
9.      Do not actively exit as Sr. network administrator. Shoulder more DBA work 2.5 yrs
10.   Stay with company, until company closure tolling event
11.    Stay to the right as systems administrator I with a local government ongoing
12.   Again, create DBA tasks and responsibilities
13.   Become “that guy that can do reports for us”
14.   Get interested in business intelligence
15.    Become the de-facto database guy, while keeping grounded in system administration
16.   ????
17.    PROFIT!!!1!!!!1

B. Retirement


As you can see by my directions, I have not fully taken the plunge into becoming an actual database administrator. I am torn between two worlds. I realize that soon, if not a year ago, I will have to make a decision. Stick with sys admin, or go with being a DBA.

I am not sure where the road leads, but I am excited to find out