About

My background

Starting out in IT at a remote DBA services company, I grew into being a “Jack of all IT trades”. It was a constantly changing environment. New projects or support for new services would arise and I would take the lead in providing the service for our remote services company. After establishing the service, I would document the support procedures and pass the responsibility to internal teams as I moved on to the next new project. Learning on the fly is my niche. My employer and I enjoyed a long harmonious relationship where I spearheaded new projects.  For instance, I provided Oracle support for a customer requiring a specialized developer DBA. Another project involved me taking over a large client dissatisfied with the previous Oracle DBA service. After that, our relationship grew to one of a solid, long-term partnership. And more, they tasked me with learning Oracle Goldengate to provide ongoing support to new clients.  Similarly, I was working and training with EDB engineers to provide support for PostgreSQL. I became the SME for both offerings. There were other projects dealing with Weblogic, internal application development, and MySQL on AWS but I think this illustrates the trend. The change was good, and I enjoyed my work. Eventually, though, a change came to the company itself as it changed owners three times in a two-year span. Company directions changed and with that, we parted ways.

What’s next

My broad experience was acquired with only a two-year degree. To be honest, I had not planned on changing jobs. Finding myself in need of a new employer, I realized I needed to make some changes of my own. First, I want to use this as an opportunity to redirect my career into development or other IT related work with opportunities near my location. Second, I was lucky to land my previous job with a two-year degree and I now find that a Bachelor’s degree is crucial just to get past HR filtering on many desirable positions. So, I am enrolled at Western Kentucky University and will graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in CIT by the end of 2020. This puts me back to a somewhat new direction but I am following my passion and don’t mind the “reboot”.

 

My Attributes

I am flexible, dedicated, dependable and customer-focused. I work well on my own or with a team. Throughout my career, they have charged me with taking on projects or platforms where the experience accrues on the fly and self-learning is the rule rather than the exception. I seem to excel at this as it has been the mainstay of my success. I have excellent communication skills. One can learn technical skills but people skills come naturally. I have the people skills and am eager to adapt my technical skills to meet the need at hand.

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What I am looking for

Technology jobs in my area are growing but slowly.  My preference is to stay in this location with my family which means I need to expand the types of IT I am open to working.  Also, remote work may play a central role if I am to continue with my previous expertise.  I am well-tuned to the remote work culture so that is an option. A work-life fit is important to me and working remotely after an introductory period is my goal unless I win the lottery and find a local employer. My employer will be friendly towards employees with clear expectations and realistic goals. They will also have an appreciation of someone who is self-motivated and passionate about their work. Room to thrive and grow is always a plus.