Brent says: remember a couple months back when we announced that we were hiring a SQL Server Triage Specialist? We’re really proud to welcome Angie Walker to our funky little medical team. When you bring us in for a SQL Critical Care®, Angie might be the first person you work with to make sure the server’s in a safe place. Let’s hear how she got here….
Angie says: WHERE TO START…?
As with many IT professionals I’ve met, I didn’t intend to find a career in IT, but took when an opportunity came along a few years back, I jumped at the chance. After a couple of years, I moved to a Junior DBA position and I’ve been learning SQL Server ever since. When I first started, I couldn’t tell you what a database was. I remember the first time I forgot the WHERE clause on an UPDATE statement, blindly deploying code into production, and asking why we take backups.
The first session of the first SQL Saturday I attended was so packed, I sat on the floor, and watched Kendra present “How to Find Bad Queries, Fast”. I didn’t know what she was talking about half of the time (What’s Perfmon? Activity Monitor is the graphs, right? She has pink hair!), but I hoped that if I took enough notes, I might be able to absorb some of what I heard. And I keep going to SQL Saturday and SQL user groups for that exact reason. I might not understand today, but one day it might click when I see the issue or feature firsthand.
The world of SQL Server is vast, murky, and sometimes scares me, but knowing where to look for help has been vital. I’ve been following Brent Ozar Unlimited for almost three years; signing up for the Accidental DBA 6 Month Training Plan, taking advantage of Kendra’s “DBA Job Interview Question and Answer Kit” for my first DBA interview, trying (and failing) to score killer Black Friday deals last year, and of course, following the blog every day.
So when I saw the open Triage Specialist position, I knew I HAD to apply. The morning I woke up, checked my email, and saw Kendra Little was emailing me, I was bouncing around as if I drank three cups of coffee. I mean, I read the blog and use the tools, and even though I know they might be real people, the possibility to work alongside some of the most well-known folks in the business seemed too good to be true! When I met with Kendra she was so nice and I thought it went really well, but when she said it would take about two weeks to hear back I had to stop myself from thinking that she was trying to let me down easy. I didn’t know just how badly I wanted the job until I got the invite for a second interview – It didn’t matter that I didn’t know everything about SQL Server, I have to learn it, and who better to learn from than Brent Ozar Unlimited?! So I prepared myself for the interview with Kendra, Jeremiah and Brent… And I must have done something right, because here I am!
I’m super excited for this new adventure as the newest member of the Brent Ozar Unlimited team!