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Need career advice on returning to IT

Hello all! Im new to this forum and would like to say Hello to everyone. My question is that I have been a SQL Server DBA/Programmer and VB Programmer from 1995 - 2000 and I left to start a construction company and now I want to go back after 9 years but I forgot most of everything I learned.( I was very good on writing triggers and T-sql). So, should I start with SQL SERVER 2008 Admin or Programming to get me back in. Also should I learn another language like C# or JAVA? I am very, very rusty and your feedback can help me get back to my career... Also, should I study the MCITP or MCTS Microsoft Exam Prep books? I was told to go to mySQL which is a totally different environment.

Thanks,
Veteran with amnesia, I think? lol

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asked Dec 07, 2009 at 01:05 PM in Default

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My advice would depend on your objectives. Do you want to continue where you left off or start something new (in IT)? Can you contact your old company or old coworkers to see if you can get a foot in the door? I wouldn't study prep books unless you specifically want to take one of those exams and I'm personally not big on certifications. I don't hire based on them and I don't have any.

If your objective is employment then start by dusting off your resume focusing on your previous IT experience and try to get some interviews. If you are sincere about getting back into IT then just be honest about what you've been doing.

I personally can't really "get back" just by studying - I need to do actual work. So get access to Sql Server and start working on any project.

If you do the work no one can stop you - If you don't do the work no one can help you :)

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answered Dec 07, 2009 at 06:10 PM

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As for my previous company, they were bought out 3 years ago. So, no chance there... So, SQL 2008 it is. Should I just whiz through everything applying with a project vs just going through each example and trying to memorize everything right? Also, should I learn all aspects of ADMIN and Programming before I start learning C# or JAVA to incorporate with the skills? If so, should I learn these languages or just stick with SQL? Last note, it really stinks that I have an extensive resume with over 10yrs of IT Generalist experience and have someone look at my resume and just push it away.
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