Well, I took part in a phone screening today. I was called by a company that needs a guy with Oracle experience. I figured I knew the basics: stored procedures, tablespaces, rollback segments, etc., so there shouldn’t be much to worry about. I certainly didn’t expect questions such as, “What does a ORA-3113 error mean?” This was followed quickly by “What are some specific Oracle supplied PL/SQL packages you may have used in stored procedures?” I didn’t anticipate pinpoint questions concerning esoteric database structures and errors. All I have to say is I got pwn3d.

Which makes me wonder. I’ve seen job postings that mention Oracle for a long time. None of them appear to be Junior positions. How do they expect anyone to magically have 5-years of Oracle experience, without any beginning jobs using Oracle? I don’t see the relation. I have over five years of generic database theory experience that I could abstract to basically any software, given enough time to learn the specifics, and I have previous experience with Oracle to build upon. Yet I was tossed around like a rag doll simply because I couldn’t launch an hour-long diatribe on the hex code for an Oracle rowid suspended in a rollback operation during PIT recovery. Obviously they were looking for a drop-in replacement for a fairly advanced existing position, but that seems to be what everyone expects. How exactly, does a person relatively new to Oracle, break into the Oracle DBA market?

I guess that’s a question for another day.

Until Tomorrow

Me DBA, Me Smart!

4 thoughts on “Me DBA, Me Smart!

  • You know, your last question sounds rather like a Zen koan. A question without an answer, something to ponder on one’s journey toward spiritual enlightenment. Well, you are becoming spiritually enlightened through this, aren’t you?

  • Sorry Sean, I’ll be out of town this weekend. I’d really hoped to wax my car, but with the weather being so crappy, I kinda gave up on that prospect. You’re welcome to come up to Chicago with me, though. Hehe.

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