Dept. Of Greener Grass
"I guess I am only 23 but I don't want to become labelled as a DBA and therefore someone who cant program or develop to save his life."
I think Padraig's attitude is sensible. As Robert A. Heinlein said, "Specialization is for insects." The trick is to find a boss who is happy to allow us to be generalists but pay us the wages of a specialist.
I have one piece of advice for Padraig: most managers looking for somebody to work in an IT role will plump for somebody who actually knows their own age over somebody who can only guess at it.