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  • Hello:

    I studied Finance and do not have a technical background. 
    While in college I worked on a trading floor at a bank and would like to continue, however while reviewing the job descriptions for Trading Assistant roles i see that they are asking for SQL and VBA knowledge.

    Someone recommended Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database. This course  eventually lead to the 
     

    MCTS SQL Server 2008 Implementation & Maintenance, with the addition of 2 more courses.

    Can someone tell me if this is the best route to gain valuable technical experience for someone with a purely business background and straight out of school?

    Wednesday, September 9, 2009 7:53 PM

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  • Hello:

    I studied Finance and do not have a technical background. 
    While in college I worked on a trading floor at a bank and would like to continue, however while reviewing the job descriptions for Trading Assistant roles i see that they are asking for SQL and VBA knowledge.

    Someone recommended Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database. This course  eventually lead to the 
     

    MCTS SQL Server 2008 Implementation & Maintenance, with the addition of 2 more courses.

    Can someone tell me if this is the best route to gain valuable technical experience for someone with a purely business background and straight out of school?

    I would say before you go for the MCTS, which is seated at this level: "One or more years of experience implementing, troubleshooting, and debugging a specific technology", see here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcts.aspx

    Try to gain an entry level cert in (general) SQL, if you see here: http://www.mysql.com/certification/certfaq.html
    MySQL do an entry level cert for DBA's, something that MS doesn't do, called the CMA (Certified MySQL Associate), then after you gain that, then look at the higher DBA certs.  IMO, you have to learn to crawl before you walk, at alone run :) 

    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, January 7, 2010 4:08 PM
    Wednesday, September 9, 2009 8:51 PM

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  • Hello:

    I studied Finance and do not have a technical background. 
    While in college I worked on a trading floor at a bank and would like to continue, however while reviewing the job descriptions for Trading Assistant roles i see that they are asking for SQL and VBA knowledge.

    Someone recommended Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database. This course  eventually lead to the 
     

    MCTS SQL Server 2008 Implementation & Maintenance, with the addition of 2 more courses.

    Can someone tell me if this is the best route to gain valuable technical experience for someone with a purely business background and straight out of school?

    I would say before you go for the MCTS, which is seated at this level: "One or more years of experience implementing, troubleshooting, and debugging a specific technology", see here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcts.aspx

    Try to gain an entry level cert in (general) SQL, if you see here: http://www.mysql.com/certification/certfaq.html
    MySQL do an entry level cert for DBA's, something that MS doesn't do, called the CMA (Certified MySQL Associate), then after you gain that, then look at the higher DBA certs.  IMO, you have to learn to crawl before you walk, at alone run :) 

    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, January 7, 2010 4:08 PM
    Wednesday, September 9, 2009 8:51 PM
  • Hello  ,I have a question .what about your  ability to study independently ?the company asked for SQL and VBA knowledge ,and the job required how much knowledge about SQL and VBA ,just a little or much and  good ?
    If just a little ,I recommend you just attend a training course to explain this technology .
    If you should have  much and good of knowledge ,you know ,Difference in profession makes one feel worlds apart ,you should study it step by step.
     I think you can apply for the exams or choose easier exams at first ,
    I saw a good post saying mcse:best suit for green hand in SQL Sever.,may be it could help you make a choice !
    hope it help you
    Thursday, September 10, 2009 3:04 AM