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Women in IT: Shelley O'Sullivan (Shellbot), Database Administration

In the latest podcast of the Women in IT series on TechRepublic, Sonja Thompson talks to Shelley O'Sullivan, better known in the TR forums as Shellbot.

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In the latest podcast of the Women in IT series on TechRepublic, I had the opportunity to talk to Shelley O'Sullivan, better known in the TR forums as Shellbot.

"I enjoy the methodical processes." — Shelley O'Sullivan

Shelley is originally from Canada, but she currently lives in Dublin, Ireland. When I asked Shelley how she got involved in IT, she responded, "One morning I was complaining that I bored, and my soon-to-be husband threw me an HTML and JavaScript book and said, ‘Make me a Web page.'"

Today, Shelley works as a database administrator. In fact, she just started a new job this past December. Admittedly, Microsoft Access is Shelley's database application of choice, and she also works with SQL Server 2000.

One of the most amazing things that I learned about Shelley throughout the interview process is that she didn't pursue a career in IT until after she had moved to Ireland. Shelley explained in an e-mail, "I worked my way up from a Tim Horton's coffee server to where I am now through sheer willpower and hard work."

I think that Shelley serves as a wonderful example of what you can do with your life if you want something badly enough. She refers to herself as "boring," but to me, she's an inspiration. To learn more about Shelley, listen to the podcast.

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Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.

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