I have never met anyone who took me up on learning to be a dba. I really like the work myself, figure others would too, and have gone through some genuine lengths to provide opportunities. For example, I volunteered at the local library’s computer department for a year, hoping I’d meet someone. It was great helping people with job applications, itunes questions and some Excel tips. I helped one kid with his resume and he actually got a job! Except there it is: no one was interested.
I’ve brought home old computers from work hoping to teach the local kids how to take it apart and put back together again to help get them work. No one was interested.
Over the years at work I’ve offered to give people projects and teach them how. For example, there are regular audits I like to do to check that jobs which claim to be working are truly doing what was asked. I configured SQL Event Notifications to log blocking (and a host of other interesting events) and it is helpful to run an query on what procedures are causing the most blocking and get to work! Making sure that file growth is appropriate for the file size and that the tran log VLF count is acceptable. These areas can lead to so many conversations about many things.
I really don’t understand. The internet is full of people asking how to become a dba and yet I don’t know any of them?