Introduction to me/this blog!

I am brand new to the IT field. My previous experience has been primarily in social services, working with children and people with disabilities. While I’ve enjoyed helping others, I am a single mother, and the social service field can be somewhat unstable due to constantly changing funding and budgets. It is uncommon to find a job that offers benefits, and it’s difficult to find full time hours. Knowing I was struggling with this, a friend recommended that I check out a few resources on SQL(Structured Query Language) which he explained was a programming language used with databases and other related technologies. At first, I was very hesitant. I wasn’t a computer genius! I was the person who gets irritated with my computer for being slow or buggy, and I run to my IT friends to get their help to fix it. But I decided to try it out…what could it hurt?

To my surprise, I enjoyed it immensely and was able to quickly pick up the information! It hasn’t been easy to acquire these skills with no IT background, but nothing in life worth doing is easy, right? The challenge is a huge part of the reason I enjoy it so much! It also feeds my brain, and because of this, often doesn’t feel like “work” to me. So, over the past few months, I’ve invested a lot of time, money, and effort to learn as much as I can. I have had several mentors along the way who have also been fantastic resources to me.

After studying for a few months, I decided to apply for a program through the Pragmatic Works Foundation which elaborated on SQL as well as the basics of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS.) I passed the quiz to qualify, and was accepted into the program. After the class was completed, I was 1 of 3 students invited to intern with the business side of Pragmatic Works. I am currently interning for Pragmatic Works full time, studying SQL, SSRS, and other technologies in my free time, and extremely eager to begin my career in the IT industry!

I am starting this blog for a few reasons:

1) I have a lot of friends who are interested in what I am learning. Maybe they are just curious, or perhaps this information could be helpful to them in their own careers. I thought putting the information all in one place would be a simple way to share this information with my friends/family/etc. Who knows? Maybe it could also help someone else who comes across it online.

2) When I first started researching SQL a few months ago, there was *so* much information out there, and with no knowledge on the subject at all, I found it difficult to sort through information and find the right place to begin. It took some stumbling around, sorting through a LOT of information, and actually becoming somewhat familiar with SQL, for me to get to the point where I was spending my study time efficiently. I hope to share on this blog the best resources for total beginners, and give them the order in which I wish I had found/learned this information.

3) I want to reinforce what I’m learning. I’m a total beginner here! I have a LOT to learn. But I have made my life thus far a quest for knowledge, and this area is no exception. I look forward to absorbing more information, and I want to blog about it in order to help reinforce what I am learning, and as a reference source for me to look back over later. I am sure I will make some mistakes along the way, so, please feel free to offer feedback!

So, that’s me, and this is my blog! I look forward to sharing more with anyone who happens to read it 🙂