Writing my own post did mean that I spent some time spent reflecting on my early days as an accidental DBA and as a result of the post I received a couple of questions which I'll answer here.
The first was on certification and if I went on any courses and if I found getting certified useful. I didn't go on any courses and my training was done via a couple of books that I purchased and most definitely Books Online. I felt passing the exam was a great achievement sure and because I was just starting out it did definitely add some weight to my CV so it did help but it was the both the first and last SQL exam I took.
Where it all began, kind of.
I also got asked to describe the low points of being a DBA. It's safe to say every job has its ups and downs and database administration is no different. The incidents that stick in mind are those that tend to involve long nights, such as lengthy deployments or when disaster has struck! Disaster Recovery is a fundamental activity for any DBA and even though the DR plans are well practiced they're never much fun in reality.
The first major disaster I was involved in struck mid afternoon and took until 4AM the following morning for everything to be operational again. Then I was on the obligatory progress report at 7AM which meant zero sleep that night. It was a low at the time and it certainly wasn't the last late one but actually when everything came back online and the formalities were sorted it was quite a satisfying experience in retrospect.
I've enjoyed looking back at some of my favourite moments and thinking about how much I've enjoyed, no enjoying the journey. Whilst things are changing, undoubtedly, It really is a great time to be working in the Data Platform and I encourage everyone to use posts like Kevin's to share their journey too!