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Old 07-18-2013, 04:58 PM   #21
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What I really wanna do is move to Japan I think I'll settle into this new life in the US first then look to make the jump.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:32 PM   #22
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With non-w*rk time, it's not only your resume that gets stale, it's your skill set too. As you likely know, tech evolves so fast that the less you stay in the game, the more you fall behind. Within a year or two you won't be as sharp as others, beyond 5 you can still do "legacy" projects, after about 10 you are officially a dinosaur.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:00 PM   #23
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I wouldn't worry about the resume going stale. If you are FI you can always go back to school to bring your skills up to date. I did that after being off for years with kids.

It can be quite an advantage because if you have a regular job you usually have to work 40 hours a week on that. But if you are off you can take classes and work on projects on your own on and acquire skills in whatever is in demand.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:07 AM   #24
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Stale skills may not be such a bad thing. My personal plan B (actually probably more like C or D) involves maintaining IBM 370 assembler, COBOL, PL/I, and other legacy systems after all the other folks who know anything about these systems are no longer able or willing to do so.
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Stale skills may not be such a bad thing. My personal plan B (actually probably more like C or D) involves maintaining IBM 370 assembler, COBOL, PL/I, and other legacy systems after all the other folks who know anything about these systems are no longer able or willing to do so.
Nice gig, buddy of mine(who will never ER) is mantaining a bunch of legacy 370 assembly code, much of which I had a hand in developing. I asked about long term, I had thought the need for some of that code would be deprecated. He laughed, apparently Megacorp decided it would be the correct place to enhance security, as every online transaction ran through it.

He's actually doing new development in this 30 year old legacy code. And since it's all assembly, has the corporate security rules embedded all through it, probably a safe bet.

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Nice gig, buddy of mine(who will never ER) is mantaining a bunch of legacy 370 assembly code, much of which I had a hand in developing. I asked about long term, I had thought the need for some of that code would be deprecated. He laughed, apparently Megacorp decided it would be the correct place to enhance security, as every online transaction ran through it.

He's actually doing new development in this 30 year old legacy code. And since it's all assembly, has the corporate security rules embedded all through it, probably a safe bet.

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Wow, that brings back memories. I only coded for about 4 years before I moved into a management career, but the last two years I was the 370 assembler expert for my team. And I could fix JCL errors in my sleep (lots of practice when I was on call and the junior folks had updated the jobs incorrectly that day).

I have considered learning one of the more modern computer languages through a site such as Learn to code | Codecademy
but instead have decided first to work on human languages through Duolingo | Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English for free. I'm learning Spanish for the first time and also brushing up on my German from when we lived there in the '90s. Might even try to resurrect a little of my high school French while I'm at it.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:15 AM   #27
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Congrats Shasta! You will love Washington state, although housing and rental's are kind of high! Good luck with you continued retirement plans. Welcome aboard.
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