T-SQL Tuesday is the brainchild of Adam Machanic (b|t). Adam rightly predicted that we all could benefit from ‘a recurring, revolving blog party’ with a new topic given each month – the party has been on since 2009 with great benefit to bloggers old and new. The December 2017 T-SQL Tuesday will cover setting learning goals for 2018.
Training goals are good to have if you are exercising your mind or exercising your body. You need to exercise each part of your body in order to get stronger. For 2018 I have several training goals. The first is to prepare for a half marathon in May. I am training to run 13.1 miles in under 2 hours and 30 minutes. I have a weekly mileage schedule that I follow and I am tracking the data each run. I also am working with a trainer on cardio and speed.
My second training goal for 2018 is to become more knowledgeable in Microsoft Azure and Azure SQL Databases. To accomplish this, I am going to take a similar approach. I will create a training schedule to to make sure I am covering all of the information in a timely manner and will use various training resources. But to set up my training schedule, I need to answer a few questions first.
You would think this was an easy question; my training is about me. I will be the one outlining my learning plan; I will be the one acquiring the appropriate training materials; I will be the one carving out time to study; and I will be the one taking in the new knowledge. However, my training plan will not only benefit me, it will benefit my company and my customers. This is always important to keep in mind no matter what new material you are learning. There is always a bigger impact than just yourself. I try to keep that in mind whenever studying new technologies. I love learning about new technologies and am looking for ways to implement the new information into our current environment.
My training goal for 2018 is to learn more about Microsoft Azure and Azure SQL Databases. More specifically, my primary training goal for 2018 is to pass the 70-765 exam (Provisioning SQL Databases) and get my MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration. With almost half of the content in the exam focuses on Azure and Azure SQL databases, Microsoft Azure is one of the new technologies I want to learn more about in 2018.
Setting a timeline of when I want to complete the exam is very important. I had set training goals for 2016, also, that were never achieved. I attribute part of that to me not setting a timeframe to complete the training and taking the exam. There is always so much going on and there was never a ‘good’ time to study or take the exam. Months kept passing and I was no further in my preparation. I kept saying next month, but that didn’t happen because something new would come up. The next thing I knew, it was 2017 and I had not achieved any of my 2016 learning goals.
Last year started off the same way. I had training goals and they seemed to be swept to the side. “I will get to it later.” As I noticed that I was not making any progress and the year was almost half over, I changed my behavior. I set up a training plan and goal for taking my next exam. I ended up taking it a few weeks late, but I felt great because I met my goal and passed the exam.
Starbucks, where else. A lot of the training will happen on my own time. Many times when studying at home, it is too easy to get distracted. The laundry needs to be finished and the kitchen needs to be cleaned. It will only take a minute to take care of those things…right? How it really turns out is five minutes to take care of the laundry then 10 minutes to get back to where I was and move forward. To avoid this, I schedule time at Starbucks (or another coffee place) once a week in the evening. It is good to get away from all of those little things around the house that my attention, plug in my earphones, go online, and study.
First and foremost, this year’s goal is part of a bigger goal. Learning about Microsoft Azure will help me prepare to pass the 70-765 exam. I just recently passed 70-764 so the two together will give me my MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration certification. This has been a long time goal and it will soon be fulfilled. I love learning new things whether it is work related or not. Education has always been a priority in my life.
Learning more about Microsoft Azure and Azure SQL Databases will not stop with the exam. More and more companies are moving to the cloud so having a better understanding of this technology will benefit me at my job. Technology is continuously changing and I need to stay current. I don’t want to be the expert in faxing information using my dial-up modem.
The first step in creating my training plan is to put my final goal in writing.
My training goal for 2018 is to become more knowledgeable in Microsoft Azure and Azure SQL databases in order to prepare for and pass the 70-765 exam during the first quarter of the year.
Now it is time to create and execute the plan. I have acquired most of my training materials and set the date in the calendar to take the exam. The who, what, where, how, and why have been defined. It is time to get started.