I want to be a real DBA now.
UPPER( 'dba' );Since I am working with OBIEE right now, and I want to continue with that, I have to choose an alternate method to become a DBA. Reading and studying (which I already do), will not suffice.
I have no incentive, other than my natural drive. That hasn't been enough though. I can't apply it on a daily basis and continue to work as I do.
So I've decided to go the certification route. Now, there are many problems with certification and it seems to be watered down. I have met my fair share of those holding certain certifications who couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat. My reason for choosing certification is that it will push me to follow through with the training and give me a specific path towards that goal.
I believe I started down that path when I first got into IT, but I failed the first DBA test...barely. Then, it was pretty much rote memorization...now, with 7 more years of experience under my belt, it should be a lot easier as I have a better understanding of most of the underlying concepts.
Anyone out there taken a similar path? Or were you just thrown into the fire? I would prefer the fire, but I have chosen my path (OBIEE) for now.