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Change of Plans Story

Supporting a financial system was an entry-level programmer analyst who was one year out of college and a fairly decent worker but was not quite cutting the grade. She was a very knowledgeable individual who had been very successful academically in her college years. Her major in college was Information Systems Management which provided a good foundation in every aspect of the IT field including programming, computer operations, networking, database administration, hardware administration, etc.

Her manager decided to have an impromptu discussion with the programmer. They had been meeting one-on-one on a regular basis, which was typical of what the manager did with all employees. The manager was aware that she had received adequate additional training related to programming, so that was not an issue. In the past, the manager and the programmer had discussed her job interests and career plans. During those conversations she always indicated a strong interest in the IT field.

Her project updates were most enthusiastic when she reviewed anything related to the databases or interfacing with the database administration group. She also volunteered to be team liaison for defining the requirements for and submitting requests to the DBAs. She had never come out and expressed an outright desire to work in the DBA group before so the manager pressed more assertively as to whether she would be interested in database support.

She really did not think very long before responding and agreed that she was most comfortable working more closely with databases and that she would have an interest in being a DBA. Fortunately the manager had an open requisition for a DBA position and gave the programmer a chance to pursue her career plans. After receiving formal DBA training and putting in 6 months to a year as a DBA, she really started to do well in her work responsibilities. She was becoming more comfortable with her new role and grasping the essentials of database administration to become a strong contributor to the team.


The above book excerpt is from:

You're Fired! Firing Computer Professionals

The IT manager Guide for Terminating "With Cause"

ISBN 0-9744486-4-8

Robert Papaj 

http://www.rampant-books.com/book_2005_1_firing.htm

  
 

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