I started as programmer in 1965 converting IBM 1401 Autocoder to IBM 360
Assembler Language for about 5 years, then converting 1401 to Honeywell 200 for
5 and beginnings of Cobol for 5 years, finally switched over to IBM S3, 32, 34,
36 for more than a decade, then AS400 for almost 20 year and am still an RPG
coder and trying to learn Vb.net, which is a different breed and I am not sure
I will succeed. I now have a full time job and part time job as RPG coder.
Not a glutton for punishment, just lots of starting over. Only thing I did
right was maintain technical skills as a programmer, neglected lots of other
things like networking skills, Internet skills and other. I have mainframe
friends who are still hanging in there with COBOL. Other than self employment,
I have never worked more than 5 years at the same job. I know many manager
types who cannot go back to coding for whatever reason. If you enjoy coding
and are patient and keep doing the networking, etc., there
is a good chance it will come back around for you in my humble opinion. I
know how easy it is to hit the panic button. It is so easy to think everything
is stacked against you when you are not working and I have often thought that,
especially due to affirmative action and out-sourcing.

It seems there have been two types of companies: the top notch ones who may
not pay as well but provide nice severances, often do buyouts, have great
benefits, and they are becoming much more scarce.

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In my case, 2 years at first job (Multiple System 3s), second job 27 years,
programmer, analyst, manager, etc. Last 5 on pc's, I series is leaving in
a year, and hate to see it go.

Doug




Doug Strong
Senior System Administrator

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... anyone know what the
average tenure of a technology
worker (System i or other) is these days?

First job 17 -1/2 years
Second job, two weeks shy of 11 years
Third job... my last? Everyone here is a long timer.
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