Hello Professionals and thank you in advance for your advice. I am currently in the U.S. Army and about to complete my contract. I have (almost out of a hat) decided that SQL will be my next Career. I intend on attending a SQL "bootcamp" by the end of the year but from what I understand it can be a somewhat mentally taxing course. I have another month and a half before I am completed with my contract and have a goal of obtaining my SQL certs completed by November.
I am hoping that someone could let me know some good starting points to ready myself for the SQL courses.
Thanks again -Nate
- Changed type Lin LengMicrosoft contingent staff, Moderator Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:55 AM non-technical question
Thank you for your service!
There are some excellent SQL Texts out there. I learned off this book.
These books are excellent as well, but a little more advanced:
Thank you much, I will start there. Are there any traditional classroom courses that my help me in my efforts?
I will be located in Denver (back home finally), are you suggesting that I can get "on the job" SQL experience prior to my Certification? At this point my primary focus on finding work (prior to certification) is just insuring that it is in the Tech industry, I want to insure that my occupations (post military) show continuity towards my goals.
You might want to try a local community college. Brent Ozar and SQL Skills offer courses, but you might find these more appropriate for people who have been in the field for a while.
You need to look for companies who do veterans sourcing. A google/bing search on these keywords will bring you in touch with agencies that will help to place you with veteran friendly industries. Good luck.
Understood, there are some incentives for companies to hire vets and typically do so through easily accessible (to vets) resources. That is pretty much what I am running into, most traditional education institutes do not have SQL avenues but most SQL courses kinda require some additional knowledge prior to attending. I do a decent job at self teaching so I will start with the suggested resources as well some other classes that I can take through the Army e-learning site.