My good friend James has coined a phrase “Work is what we do, not somewhere we go”, so I have just got off the phone to my niece who asked me to explain databases for her homework.  It reminded that I used to ask my IT dad what he did and he never really exactly explained, which put me off going into IT. So I was determined to help her and try and make databases sound interesting and fun. 

I won’t bore you with my explanation as I am sure many of you could do a better job, but the point here is that we all have a responsibility in our industry to encourage young people to get into IT, so that the UK can continue compete and innovate. 

So my suggestion is to get involved with your local school, guide or scout unit, etc. and pass on your skills, so that there will be another generation of grumpy old DBA’s like Colin