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Hi! I am a long time AS400 programmer. Because, of the lack of marketing for the AS400--the job opportunities have plumitted. I would like to revamp me career--but, don't know what direction to go. Can someone stir me in the right direction?

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The company I work for has cut back their IT staff so I have contemplated where I would go next if I lost my job. I think I would go either into web development which would be either .Net or Java or go into a major application support such as SAP or Oracle. But that is just me. I would be interested in what others think they would do if they suddenly lost their job and could not find employment right away.

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  • JPLamontre
    I have work on this trail some years ago. I have buy a visual studio licence (educational, 80% rebate) and a VB book and spend 2 weeks of hollidays to learn VisualBasic. same thing for Visual C. I have then learn "on the fly" VB script & java script when building some html pages. these thechnologies needs only some hours to be understood. A little more to write. the step was easy with the visual interdev, available in visual studio. To learn a new technology, the key is using a powerfull toolset (and the books written for this toolset). for me it was visual studio. Have a look to eclipse. or websphere. or php (php is free, it's light, it's a school target, it's sure, you will find easily tools and support, look at the forums). I had an opportunity to learn ABAP (SAP langage), and I now also practice ABAP. And I have not lost my job : now I practice dayly html, vb, xml, xsl, rpg3, rpg ile, sql, abap, sapscript. First step I suggest is to be top level with ILE and SQL by reading in details SC41-5606-04 ILE Concepts (190 pages ) SC09-2508-02 ILE RPG reference (733 pages) SC09-2507-02 ILE RPG Programmer's guide (465 pages ) SG245402 "Who Knew You Could Do That with RPG IV" .. SQL reference SQL is the way you will discuss with other-technologies-programmers(ABAP, Java, VB, VC, ...) this will unlock the door.
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  • AS400programmer
    First you are no longer an AS400 programmer. Do not refer to yourself in an old context. I'm sure you would not call yourself a System 38 programmer which is where it all began. You are probably an Iseries programmer on a senior level, Make sure all your qualifications are shown cl,sda,rlu. Everything is computerized today and the more keywords you use the better. Your resume may never be seen by a human if it does not have a enough keyword checks. Any proffesional software you have experience in should be listed. Much more leg work is required today to get a job in your proffession. Do not rely totally on recruiters to get you a job. Get involved in ISERIES groups as many jobs are never advertised. Good Luck Ken
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