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Another crappy day... 
4th-Mar-2010 04:08 pm
I had an appointment with the employment counsellor today and...I don't qualify for retraining assistance. Well, that sucks mightily.
It seems that because I'm in IT, it is considered a good employment market, so no help is required. But...the problem is that old fogies like me have been in this industry so long that my skillset (mainly for mainframe and Cobol) is outdated. We are a dying breed. We are in a sector of the industry that is disappearing. We do need either upgrading or retraining.
The counsellor understood that but she can't make a case for me to the government because the blind bureaucrats only recognize the computer industry as a whole and their experts tell them, it is one that should recover. ^$%&*^

My only option is to pay for training myself...thanks a lot...everyone else gets help but just not me.

So, I'm back now making myself feel better by making Avon pics and rewriting more of B7.

Avon Angry
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4th-Mar-2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
I'm in pretty much the same position, though I know that's no help, especially from me right now. I used a 4GL that's no longer used here and companies aren't willing to train. All my other language went out ages ago, and I'm not even sure I can claim to remember enough COBOL from my starting-off days to try to get a job in that (thought it wouldn't take long to pick up again). There are still legacy systems needing it, but I'm sure there are people with more experience in it ahead of me.

However I've been considering downloading and learning Ruby and being a volunteer coder on AO3; they need coders and apparently Ruby is fairly easy to pick up, and might be useful in the job market. I've certainly seen it mentioned in on-line job ads (but usually with other things). Would you be interested in that?
4th-Mar-2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it sucks. Ruby sounds a possibility. I'll look into it. Thanks.
5th-Mar-2010 12:27 am (UTC)
Oh yes, because all computers are the same!
Doh!

5th-Mar-2010 12:58 am (UTC)
That's bureaucratic logic for you...
5th-Mar-2010 01:40 am (UTC)
Anonymous
quick response not reading all you said library closing
if have bachelor's can substitute teach Calif. maybe other states is some money at least.
5th-Mar-2010 01:42 am (UTC)
True...
9th-Mar-2010 11:39 pm (UTC) - possible career move
Anonymous

1) You might consider taking the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Test, to match your personality with different careers. I did and ignored it, wanting to be a first grade teacher, the most important grade in school, since it teaches reading, then I accidentally ended up where it suggested:
2) You can be a librarian in one year, or nine months plus summer, depending on university. They might even snap you up, due to your technology background, also if you speak Spanish.
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