Every year Redgate hands out a series of Tribal Awards, voted for by the SQL Server community around the world. In the 2013 awards I won the “Most Authoritative Voice” category (I think just because I’m very tall and have a deep voice :-) and in the 2014 awards, announced a few weeks ago, I won the “Person You’d Most Like to be Mentored By” category.
Cool! I like to mentor people and that’s one of the most enjoyable parts of managing teams, both when I was at Microsoft, and my team here at SQLskills.
Given that you all voted for me, I’m going to give you the opportunity to be mentored by me. I’ll mentor up to three men and three women during March and April to help with career guidance, skills growth, or whatever I can help you with (disclaimers: I do all mentoring over email – asynchronicity rules! I reserve the right to change the mix of mentees if I’m short on applicants.).
How do you qualify? Write a blog post explaining why you should be mentored, and then post a link to your post as a comment on this post (it won’t appear right away as comments are moderated due to the amount of spam comments).
Don’t make the post about me, make it about you. I already know about me :-)
You’ve got until Sunday 15th February at 23:59:59 PST. I’ll pick the winners based on my sole judgment and announce them on Monday 16th February. I don’t care who you are, where you are, who you work for, or how good your English is; you have an equal chance of being picked as anyone else. It’s all down to the blog post.
Note: the contest is over, please do not submit any further entries.
PS So far people are focusing on what they know about SQL Server. I’m not going to teach you what I know about SQL Server in two months – that’s what my blog and training materials are for – but I could help you figure out *how* to learn more, if that’s really the most important thing in your career that you need help with. A blog post about what you do and have done with SQL Server tells me nothing about you or what you want to get out of being mentored….
PPS Remember that mentoring means you working to figure out what you need help with first of all – if you can’t tell me what you need help with (and I’ll provide a whole bunch of suggestions) then there’s nothing I can do…
PPPS Mentoring (as far as I’m concerned) isn’t about firing off a bunch of questions about day-to-day SQL Server problems you’re having – that’s not what I’ll help you with…
70 thoughts on “Want to be mentored by me?”
I have been dealing with SQL Server for 4 years now and I am really enjoying this journey. You said to write about me so here it is :) I am really very passionate about SQL and with regards to this I became a MCT and I am delivering SQL courses and also participating as a lecturer at SQL Saturday PASS events. I have read tons of stuff (literally) about SQL Server but I always enjoyed your articles the most. My favourite SQL Server topic is recovery and the transaction log and it is fully inspired by you 7-hours training on Pluralsight. Before I watched it I thought that I have a good level of SQL knowledge but the training made me understand that I still have a long way to go. I really find this opportunity very appealing and I would love to help me improve my SQL Server knowledge :) Thanks.
You need to write a blog post…
Success leaves a trail .. I will be incredible bless to follow your steps. I’ve been doing database administration for many years and and could probably build a 3 node cluster in 2 hours, but to learn the skills that makes a successful SQL figure like you would probably take me a lifetime. I am very dedicated, hard worker and love to LEARN, give me the chance I will be a mentor the next generation of successful SQL girls.
I’ve never done a Blog… there is always a first time :) to be continue…
You need to write a blog post…
My first blog is live and I hope something catches your eye and you select me for this wonderful prize.
Here is my blog post about why I should be mentored by you: https://sqlsrv.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/why-i-should-be-mentored-by-paul-s-randal/.
I just came across this article and am really glad I did so, before Feb 15th. I have been a SQL Developer for a little under 3 years now and so far I have dealt with concepts like Performance tuning by examining the IO Statistics, Execution Plan (How Scans and Heap’s should be converted to Seeks), Good Indexing, apart from implementing business logic through SP’s, Table Functions, Triggers and other good stuff.
My interest in learning from someone like you is to get a sound grip on Architectural concepts of Database. Currently, I am working on a Migration project and the Data Architect here is less that competent, to say the least. The first time where I have seen temp tables are not preferred is here. Also, it was surprising to hear when a senior DBA here said that, nested selects are better than transferring the dataset of that select, into a temp table and joining on that table in the main select.
In my current project, there is a huge DataWarehouse which is a central point of data dissemination. Now, there might be certain drawbacks of my concepts, on this Warehouse. However, since my lack of knowledge on the DB Architecture concepts, I am starting to feel that my ideas aren’t a good way to go, and moreover I fail to understand the reasoning of the concepts that are going to be implemented.
My biggest achievement in the past 3 years while working with SQL, has been the performance tuning of an enormously complicated sproc during my very 1st Job (complicated in terms with business logic), which used to run for over 3.5 hrs with about 1.5 Billion reads and had been running that way for about 1.5 years, on a daily basis. So the client used to get their data refreshed only 3 times a day. It took me about 2 months to break the sproc and make sure the older query’s logic was exact same as the newer query’s logic and it came down to 32 min with 456 million reads. In further gradual optimization processes after getting to know the business side better, the run time gradually came down and after 3 weeks, the final run time was 12 minutes and 212 million reads.
I have learnt a lot in a very short time on SQL, SSIS, SSRS and am very dedicated and ready to bust it out, if that’s necessary. Since I have always been a DIY kind on Job, I haven’t had a proper chance to learn from someone, who possess skills like yourself.
Thanks a lot!!
P.S.: After seeing your profile on LinkedIn, I noticed we both are UoE’s alumni’s :).
You need to write a blog post…
Certainly not going to pass this one up :) http://www.centinosystems.com/blog/community/reflections-as-a-consultant/
Thanks for all you do for the community Paul!
I’m game. Be very interesting if it comes together:
Post for consideration.
Hi, Paul. I think it’s great what you are doing…heck, all that you have done already. I’ve posted my request on my little blog, for your consideration. Sorry if it’s kinda long… https://kcqueryon.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/paulrandal-could-mentor-little-old-me-where-do-i-sign/
Blog Post: https://mailmodelware-my.sharepoint.com/personal/howard_modelwaresystems_com/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=2
Ok, let’s try this with a link that might show up / work this time: https://wateroxconsulting.com/archives/ask-help
please don’t pick me, I just did this for fun ;D
And I’m sure given time, I’ll work my way through the troubles I have today.
Hope to be selected :)
Very good reading recommendations – I can’t keep up with them!
A chance to be mentored by one of the premiere members of the SQL Server community?!? I’m in!
I did finally Blog…. Thanks to you. Phew!! I thing off my plate.
I have a blog site now:: https://snehabandakavi.wordpress.com/
Great opportunity – Good luck all.
This was created just for this opportunity. Sorry about the site in Portuguese only, but I really hope this will not be a problem…
Thanks for the opportunity.
Super excited about the possibility! Check out my first blog post:
Thank you for making this opportunity available to us.
Thanks Paul for announcing this opportunity…!!
Would absolutely love the opportunity!
Thank you for offering your time and experience to the community. Please see my blog post below.
You have found a great way to motivate SQL professionals to Blog. Pick me, please!
Thank’s for the opportunity
itsalocke.com <- My blog application
Please read my entry:
Thanks for the opportunity, please read my blog
Thanks for this opportunity. Here is my blog post. I must admit, I stop writing it from last 2 years but will start again. Hopefully I will be selected.
An interesting offer and an interesting way to make it – http://sqlrambling.net/2015/02/08/mentoring-risk-and-reward/
I would relish the opportunity. See why at http://sqlstopover.com/
Please consider my entry for a mentorship slot. http://terrichamplin.com/paul_randal/
Here is my entry for your consideration to become a mentee:
Thanks again for all of your time and all that you do for the #sqlfamily
Good luck everyone!
Thanks for the Opportunity Paul,
is my first blog ever
the journey continues
Looking forward to working with you Paul!
Throwing my hat in the ring: http://36chambers.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/mentoring/
I wrote a blog post recently about mentorship (talk about excellent timing!) and about my own experiences of being mentee as well as about the qualities I would look in a mentor. As you’re already quite an inspiration to me and many other aspiring SQL Server DBAs, I’d be honored to add you to my list of mentors.
The post can be found here: https://sqlstarters.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/you-should-find-yourself-a-mentor/
Count me in.
My blog post for your consideration. Thank you: https://sandragaw.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/hello-world/
Thank you Paul!!
Here’s my post for consideration: https://linkedsql.wordpress.com/
What a great opportunity!
Thank you for this opportunity.
Hi there please find a link to being mentored. Really got me thinking… http://wp.me/p33FBG-mY
Hi Paul! A Life Long Learner here offering you the opportunity to learn by teaching/sharing – a two-way street for sure.
Blog Post you requested is here:
I look forward to talking with you soon (…if you should choose to accept this mission…)
Why I should be mentored.
Thanks for the opportunity Paul!
Thanks for the opportunity. Here is my first blog for your consideration
Thank you for the opportunity. Here is my first blog post for your consideration
Please consider me.
Thank you for your consideration!
Hi Paul, Here is the link for my blog. I hope you read it https://priyasin14.wordpress.com/
Here is my entry to be considered.
Hi there. Please find below my blog post. Really great initiative.
A little tongue-in-cheek in presentation, but hopefully you like it: http://m82labs.com/mentor/
Thank you for the opportunity!
Here is my blog post.
If nothing else, you got me off my butt and started writing some of the stuff I’d always wanted – and for that, I’ll be grateful. A blog I decide to update even a single time a month gets updated 12 times a year more than the one I never started, but kept thinking about!
The contest is over – please do not add any new entries – thanks!
My Blog post for you to consider.
For anyone reading this, although the post says the contest is over, Kyle had already submitted a comment with his post in before the deadline – this one just makes it explicit.
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