In the business since 1981 with great opportunities until 2002 in
programming keep in mind the sun just raise some hours a day there is still
nights...
For me after 2002 for two and half years end 2002, 2003, 2004, beginning of
2005 it was the hell I was working for $7.00/ hour just imagine, just to
keep me busy and not thinking about anything... in 2005 I started again
working on programming and installing softwares... and it is still going up
and down but never as bad as 2003-2004...
I am doing RPG, Cobol, XML, HTML, VB, etc...

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Subject: Re: Longevity (was: Belated Congratulations Trevor !)

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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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