I am past the 6 months probationary period at the U of M. It was a bit rocky at first, but I will leave out the details.
The job is going good. I've been able to take the Oracle University Admin II course for 11g R2 database. I am now firmly on the path to OCP. There is more training ahead for me, due to the implementation of Exadata at ITS. I'm very excited about that. I just happened to have joined the group at the right time, and am able to take advantage of the education credits for the Exadata package.
My next post will be congratulating myself on a successful OCP campaign.