How to prepare SQL skills for the real world?


I am learning SQL by myself using Head First SQL and Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel 2003 Study Guide.

I am planning to apply for the entry level Data Analyst position.

I would like to know what exactly I can do (after finishing these books and doing exercises) to prepare myself for the real world.

In other words, I am looking for a website or a book that actually gives some real world scenarios exercises.

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4 Responses to "How to prepare SQL skills for the real world?"

  1. Serge M   December 11, 2010 at 4:08 AM

    Try SQL Exercises:

  2. S&AM   December 11, 2010 at 4:08 AM

    I am also a Business Analyst and I needed to learn SQL to do my job. I also taught myself as well and found that the topics I use most often are select querying- including inner and outer joins, cursors, stored procedures, use of temp tables, use of SQL in analytical packages- ie: Business Objects or Oracle BI. I learned using the SAMs 24hr book- it was very helpful in giving multiple db syntax- since I use Oracle and SQL server and the syntax is different in some respect.

  3. Baumgag   December 11, 2010 at 4:08 AM

    You could go to Microsoft’s website and download the Express Edition of SQL 2005, and SQL Books Online. You can then practice your SQL statements using your local database. Good luck to you.

    The link is below.

  4. limezor   December 11, 2010 at 4:08 AM

    Make a website yourself and run some SQL querys on it or ask people to try and break it.

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