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September 10, 2018

Do you like jigsaws? Consider SQL Career

Paulina Ołtusek by Paulina

You might learn:
For who SQL turns out to be particularly interesting?
What kind of competences you need have to start working with databases?
How your career might look like?
How to start?

We use database-based applications on the daily basis: buying train tickets, shopping or even making phone calls. Those apps are present in almost all the branches of business, medicine or services. What does it mean to work with databases? Who is eligible to work in this IT field?

The technology industry tempts with interesting, modern projects, implemented in an international environment. On the top of that, IT employees are one of the most-paid patrons on the market. It is also an environment in which work should be treated as a long-term investment in yourself, which is why it is worth choosing the professional path corresponding to your interests as soon as possible.

For whom is the database for?

Working with databases, like many other fields of the IT industry, does not require any diploma confirming completion of IT studies. SQL is a programming language for people interested in mathematics, physics or economics. Bare in mind that, although higher education is not the most important aspect, the time spent at the university gives some solid foundations about the IT industry. It is also an opportunity to develop the competences that employers are seeking. The basic requirements are usually: the ability to think logically, to concentrate and an analytical approach to solved problems. If you like solving puzzles and jigsaws, SQL might be for you!

Patience is the key to success

Work in any industry, besides specific substantive knowledge from a selected area, requires specific personality traits. What character traits may be important in the context of working with databases? Managers value their employees for their meticulousness, efficiency and the ability to communicate and cooperate in a team. Moreover, patience and … even more, patience are the most useful skill when one works with data.

Often, to perform a task, you first need to analyze a specific set of data. There are problems that cannot be solved automatically, i.e., through Stack Overflow. Then you need to manually analyze the data set. In addition, often you need to wait a bit for the effects of your actions because big data issues are time-consuming. – Weronika Krawczyk comments, Application Development Associate at Accenture.

SQL – multi-brand language

Projects implemented in the SQL query language relate to every field in the IT industry. You can find a job in sectors such as banking, telecommunications, medicine, education and many more. The great advantage of this situation is the opportunity to learn about the specifics of various industries. Regardless of the client’s profile, in everyday project life analytical tasks are intertwined with a typical programmer’s responsibilities such as code writing. In addition, SQL demands analyzing very extensive datasets, searching for links between them and drawing conclusions. Employees are responsible for creating reports, integrating information systems and optimizing and speeding up the process.

What can expect people who just begin their journey with SQL?

Robert Machejek, Application Development Associate Manager at Accenture replies:

Trainees’ work begins with the implementation process. Then we familiarize them with the characteristics and methodology of the project. The next step in the extension of competences is the transition from SQL to PL SQL and solving more complex tasks.

How to start?

There are many job offers in the IT industry. Therefore, it is easier to start a career in the field of new technologies, even for people without computer science background. Sometimes the offer finds a candidate, not reverse! A great example is a possibility of an internship at Accenture: one of the leading global companies providing professional services and solutions in the areas of Strategy, Consulting, Digital, Technology and Operations. Accenture is looking for apprentices and interns for the position of “Programmer in the database team”. The employer, apart from an attractive remuneration, a friendly work atmosphere and a flexible schedule, also offers its candidates two-week substantive training in the area of ​​databases. The internships start with a solid dose of knowledge that program participants will be able to use later in the project work.

 

Requirements?

  • Communicative English in speech and writing.
  • Availability in the dimension of min. 32 hours per week.
  • Basic knowledge of SQL.
  • Preferable asset: the ability of analytical thinking and some previous experience of coding  or data set analysis.

 

More information about the offer under the link:

https://www.pracuj.pl/praca/technology-praktykant-programista-w-zespole-baz-danych-pl-sql-lodz,oferta,6268891

 

Of course, you can start your career in SQL in many ways.

My colleague learned about data sets at the university. She studied mathematics, in the program there were classes of SQL. She began to drill down the topic and learn the language on her own. Today she is an intern. When it comes to me, I associated my future with the programming of games and mobile applications. When I came to Accenture, I took part in internal SQL training and felt that I was in the right place. I like programming, but I’m reluctant to deal with the visual layer of the program, in SQL I do what I enjoy. – Weronika Krawczyk says.

Work in the technology industry is also a space for constant, intense personal development and many opportunities to expand their competences. IT sector employees can count on co-financing for training and certification. Their career usually develops at a very dynamic pace. Robert Machejek has been associated with the world of modern technologies for over 10 years. He started as a consultant. His initial responsibilities were based on working with and for business. Time for programming came a little later. He had quickly the opportunity to manage his own team, along with new tasks and challenges.

IT is a very extensive field. Starting a job in one technology does not necessarily mean that it will be permanently associated with it. Getting to know new areas of the industry and expanding your skills opens the way to even more interesting and demanding projects. Maybe it is worth taking advantage of the opportunity and give yourself an advantage in the labor market right now?

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