BSc in Product Design Management; MSc in Advanced Information Technology
I produced geological maps for six years as a cartographer after an HND qualification. Later, I acquired a BSc degree in Product Design/Management and an MSc in Advanced Information Technology from the same university in London. I also currently have certification in Oracle8i and finding commensurable employment is difficult. What is your kind advice?
I'm not sure my advice is kind, but given that you have a good, broad and relevant education and other credentials, my primary admonition is "Keep looking!" Don't forget to use your personal network -- family, friends, schoolmates, former co-workers and employers and anyone else you can think of who might have connections to an IT or database position somewhere. If you're still in the London metropolitan area, you've got enough prior training, education and experience that you might also want to contact a personnel or employee placement firm and see if you can get somebody interested in helping you find work. But the most important thing is to remain active, engaged, and interested in finding work. Avoiding discouragement is difficult, but absolutely essential if you wish to land the next position that you identify.
One more thing: Oracle 8i exams will be retiring soon. You might want to take the 8 to 9 upgrade exam, and then even consider doing the same from 9i to 10g. This is probably not absolutely essential, but at least helps you assert that you're up to snuff on current Oracle database versions.
This was first published in December 2004