I am sure you know by now that being a DBA requires a huge skill set covering a wide spectrum of technologies. DBAs are expected to know a little bit about everything. But what makes being a DBA even harder is that technology is a fast-paced industry, with rapid advancements that seem to outdate what you thought of as new before you've even had a chance to learn it. The days are over when you learned a skill and then worked for several years before you needed to upgrade your skill set. You have to learn new things constantly and stay on top of the latest industry news in order to excel as a DBA.