I am currently working with reputed IT industry in Mainframe for last 3.5 years. I have worked on COBOL,DB2 and JCL. Now I am thinking to switch to some other company reasons: 1. I don't see any growth or opportunity moneywise 2. I am bored of doing same kind of work.
But I understand that it will be same kind of work if I am join mainframe job in any industry.
So,I would like to know what all differences can I expect from the company if I join other than hike in salary?
I am little bit confused whether i should switch or not.
Joined: 22 Apr 2006 Posts: 6258 Location: Mumbai, India
1. Throw all the garbages thoughts out of your mind for some time.
2. makr the mind calm.
3. Go to a room , which have no noise or if possible, play a light-music of your choice.
4. Meditate for soem time ans ASK - what matters at this point of time in your life and go for it!
Joining in other company is in your hand, what comes your way, making that good or bad -- depends on you. It can be similar work or you may get to learn online-systems, such as CICS, IMS DC. It may be possible you get just other outlook for the same technologies BUT again the base question still remains the same - what is important for you? usually, when you stick to one company, in most of the IT consultancy companies in India, they promote to you to a "lead" level little early while the next company might test you first, which obviously will take little longer to get qualified for a "lead role" for their work.
Joined: 23 Nov 2006 Posts: 19270 Location: Inside the Matrix
You need to decide in which direction you want to go (no one else can really decide this for you).
I strongly suggest you do something you really, really enjoy because you will probably be working for a long, long time.
Doing something you enjoy will far outweigh salary gains here and there. . .
I also suggest making sure you are not the only one who knows how to do a particular "thing" in your organization. If an opportunity arises, you may not be considered because you have something that no one else can do. Some consider this job security, but it is more a career limiting situation.
Joined: 26 Apr 2004 Posts: 4650 Location: Raleigh, NC, USA
My most enjoyable period during my career was one when I had regular interaction with both internal users and my counterparts at other companies. It was enjoyable to establish relationships, exchange ideas, and work together resolving problems. We'd sometimes meet face-to-face at conferences and user groups, and it was always fun. More than once these relationships lead to career opportunities.
Joined: 31 Oct 2006 Posts: 967 Location: Richmond, Virginia
Change in general is good occasionally, so you'll see that there are many ways to implement systems, and many different language features used.
Also, you'll learn different application areas (finance, manufacturing, medical, etc.).
Perhaps most importantly, you may find people at one firm much nicer to work with than another. Not just nice people, but more or less cooperative in terms of sharing technical and business knowledge - mentoring.