|In our last Newcomers' Community Blog post, you heard many stories from veterans about how they first got involved with this great family. In my first Newcomers’ post, I'd like to invite you to consider why YOU might want to follow in their footsteps!|
By sheer coincidence, my supervisor recently asked me whether it was worthwhile signing up for a full ODTUG membership. I am sure you would be asking the same. After all, why pay $99 annually when ODTUG is already giving out lots of stuff for FREE?
First, let's consider what additional resources and benefits you will have access to as a full member:
A. Access to Past Webinars
This is especially important if you are just starting out and learning the trade. Having constant access to this valuable and educational material is a must! Besides, webinars are usually held during office hours in North America. So you don’t have to worry if your boss decided to schedule an all-important meeting when Steven Feuerstein (@sfonplsql) is on the air telling you how to be a better PL/SQL coder. Or perhaps you were halfway around the globe exploring great business opportunities in Singapore!
B. Technical Files
Also, if you have ever been to one, you know it is often a huge challenge to manage your conference schedule. The Content Selection Committee has a strange habit of selecting a large volume of great content and as a result, there are always many must-go sessions that run parallel to each other. The recordings and slides help mitigate the disappointments!
C. Staying Current with the ODTUG Technical Journal
D. Job Boards
E. Kscope Registration Fee Discounts
There! I've listed at least six benefits of being an ODTUG full member; however, for me, it was the intangibles that helped me make the crucial decision to don the gold star.
I benefited a lot from the community. Even as an Associate member, I enjoyed great educational content and technical guidance, and forged new friendships from this community. I think $99 is a small sum for me to help support and sustain the organization. It is my chance to say "thank you," and this family matters to me!