I began my career in IT in 1981, as a programmer/analyst. This was a career change and a state agency hired me into a trainee position, where I learned COBOL, JCL, CICS, VSAM and system analysis skills. In three years I advanced from trainee to project lead.
Several years and a couple of employers later, and after working on some early client/server applications, I transitioned to the DBA role, supporting databases on DEC’s Rdb and Oracle. My first Oracle database was at version 7.3 and hosted on Windows 3.11. I have worked exclusively with Oracle since, supporting it on Windows, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, and Linux.
Over the course of my career I have supported systems on IBM OS-MVS and its various descendants and derivatives, MS-DOS, Windows, OS/2, DEC VMS, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, and Linux.