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A "Catch-22" is a term coined from a book about World War Two, and it involves what DBA's would call a "Deadlock" - one thing depends on another, and both must be complete before either will let go. In the case of a job as a DBA, it's "You need Experience", but of course you need a job to get experience to begin with. How do you solve this? If you've got a friend that wants to break in to the DBA role, this advice might help:
Using your favorite search engine (and by that I mean Bing of course) search for the words "technical volunteer" and your city's name. Here in Seattle I got a hit for NPower, called them up, and found that they have several slots that they need a DBA for. You can also have your friend ask at their church and at the local schools - almost all schools in this area will let you volunteer.
The point is this - use the volunteer position to get documented proof that you've done the job, no matter how small the system. Employers are interested in two things: real experience in production, and how you think. With a little volunteering, you'll help your community and you'll gain valuable experience - and you'll break that Catch-22.
Great idea. Tempted to do this just to add different experiences to my resume. Variety is the spice of life.
Your favorite political party or candidate may need IT volunteers.
But volunteering doesn't pay the bills.
Hmm..., does it include mentoring.
Nice point though. Thanx!