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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 30)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Oracle freshens up its database administration certifications, Certification Magazine details another step to creating a certification program, and more.

Oracle Overhauls Database Administration Certifications


Oracle is making the path to DBA certification smoother.A database administrator uses specialized software to store and organize data, performing a role that has grown in importance in recent years as the volume of data kept and preserved by companies, organizations, and agencies has ballooned to massive proportions. A successful database adminstrator typically does his or her job by carefully orchestrating a database management system (DBMS), and California-based Oracle Corporation creates and distributes the foremost DBMS solutions on the global market. If you're looking to make database administration your thing, then getting an Oracle certification is a great first step. It's also a first step that has recently been upgraded to better serve certification candidates, so if you're about to make your first foray in Orcale certification, then your timing couldn't be better. In particular, Oracle has redrawn the map for prospective DBAs who are looking to dig deep into the features and functionality of Oracle Database 19c, the "long-term support release of the Oracle Database 12c and 18c family of products." As noted by Oracle Certification senior program manager Brandye Barrington, the tuneup work was done to remove "obstacles to certification" and make the path to Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional smoother for aspiring DBAs.


You, Too, Can Make the Leap to a Career in Information Technology


There are lots of unfilled technology jobs and the demand for skilled technology professionals is increasing every day. That means there's a great deal of opportunity for people who are willing to chase it. For some, that willingness must include a commitment to learning new concepts and acquiring new skills. The good news is that there are many avenues open to those seeking to reeducate themselves and enter the information technology (IT) realm. There are also a lot of pretty cool success stories out there to demonstrate that going from non-tech fields to IT is not only possible, but potentially easier than you might think. An engaging new post to the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA details the personal experience of one James McCracken, who left behind a succesful career in marketing to become a computer network engineer. Mr. McCracken has some tips — 17 of them, in fact — to encourage people who'd like to follow in his footsteps. Some of his advice is fairly general (his first tip is to recommend that IT newcomers "JUMP" outside of their comfort zone, whatever that may be), while other recommendations hone in on more tech-specific solutions such as setting up a LinkedIn account. In McCracken's own words, "There’s still a perception that you can’t go into IT if you don’t have a technical background, and that perception couldn’t be further from the truth. There is so much opportunity in IT for people like me."


Training Doesn't Have to Be a Slog


Speaking of helping people to learn new concepts and acquire new skills, there's an upcoming webinar being hosted by Training Industry (and sponsored by MPS Interactive) to help corporate trainers learn new methods of engaging learners and helping them quickly build new skill sets. Chip-maker Frito-Lay — not what we typically mean when we use that term in IT — it would seem, has made great strides in training employees by using microlearning, storytelling, and intuitive design. The hourlong webinar, to be held July 31 at 1 p.m. (Eastern), includes guests from the Frito-Lay training team who will discuss what companies and organizations can do to create "binge-worthy" training media that directly engages learners and keeps them coming back for more.


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