Should I switch my career from mainframe?

35 pts.
Tags:
IT career
Mainframe
Hello, this is Rohit here. I currently work in mainframe for a Big IT giant and with that my current project is in healthcare. I find my work pretty boring as there are very little chances for developing something new and being a developer its really hard. Plus I don't have anyone to guide me as to what all certifications or studies can actually lead me to success? or will it be good if I switch my domain. Any answer will be helpful. Thank you

Answer Wiki

Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.

You need to figure out what really interests/drives you.This will be
YOUR definition of Sucess. Each person has their own definition,
Is it just Money? Enjoyment at work? the Challenge?
Is it IT programming, Project Management, Hardware, etc?
Is it outside of IT.
Once
you determine that, then you can work with local colleges, recruiters,
on-line investigation, … to assist you in your next step.
Do you currently have the qualifications you need for what you want to do?
Are you willing to relocate?
Are there positions available?

Discuss This Question: 5  Replies

 
There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when members answer or reply to this question.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
  • Meredith Courtemanche
    Hey Rohit, How long have you been working in mainframe? and are you working in a small group, big group, alone? 
    900 pointsBadges:
    report
  • rohitexquixit
    Hi Charlie, thanks for your answer. No doubt its about money at the end and also I know what to do.I want to work as a consultant in my field.But opportunities are very few here and I really have an urge to learn more. I have consulted this with my project manager about this but he seems to have very little concern about my problem because for them I am a strong person in their project. But all I wanted to know that doing what all certifications can help me. Or it can be like should I stick to mainframe? Does it have a bright future or should I change it.?
    35 pointsBadges:
    report
  • rohitexquixit
    Hi Meredith, thanks for the reply I have been working for almost 2 years 3 months and working in a small group for a very big project where I have a goodwill regarding my work but there are very little scope of improvement or learning and so I want a switch but before that I need a pros and cons about which way to take my step.
    35 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Meredith Courtemanche
    Hi Rohit,

    I asked one of our mainframe contributors, Rob Crawford, for his advice, as he recently wrote about getting new employees excited about the mainframe. He's been on the mainframe for a long time. Here's what he said: I can sympathize with being bored because nothing new is happening.  The problem may not be the mainframe but the way his company is using it. It's kind of a personal decision.  If he doesn't want to leave the company then changing platforms may be the right thing to do.  If he's open to change then he might look to move to another company that is doing something more exciting on the mainframe. He says he's a developer but he may want to look into systems programming also.

    If you're interested in the article, here's a link to it on SearchDataCenter: http://bit.ly/QRCDbI

    900 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Kevin Beaver
    If it's not too late Rohit, check out these resources I've developed on IT and security careers.

    You definitely need to consider the factors that @CharlieBrowne listed above. Best of luck to you!
    16,610 pointsBadges:
    report

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

To follow this tag...

There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Thanks! We'll email you when relevant content is added and updated.

Following