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africano
07-25-2008, 07:54 AM
Hi, currently Im without work after finishing digital media development at university. Ide like to get employment in webdesign or a similar field in IT, but its been dificult to find a job. Now Ive got the oportunity to start a paid course on COBOL, where the company pays me to go on the course and then gives me a job. I have no experience in COBOL at all but through a friend who is on the course (and also has no experience) I have been offered this chance.
I never heard of COBOL till I did a search and to be honest after reading about this language Im not very confident. It seems very complicated and mathematical.
Does anyone have any experience with this programming language and its purpose/use in banks, etc?
How would it be used in these environments¿?
Cheers....Im under pressure to find a job, but I dont want to gon into something that Im not 100 percent convinced....

davidj
07-29-2008, 07:19 AM
i worked for a company which used COBOL

COBOL is still used in the banking / financial services

all programming languages are complicated until you learn them. There is a shortage of COBOL programmers and allot of COBOL application out there that need supporting here in the UK

The salaries can be up to £40k +.

the language is depreciating i think in favour of .NET but there is years worth of work and support out there

if you want to move into the financial sector in IT then do it

africano
10-15-2008, 05:06 PM
Dead subject but I just got a call from the company(handed in my cv in august) and they want me to go to barcelona for an interview.

Ive talked to my friend and they train you for a while before giving you a job....Im not sure really what to do. Ive always thought programming to be a difficult subject, at university I moved away from any programming and focused on design/usability/accesibility etc so Im a bit scared to be honest...

The only thing that makes me think to at least go for the interview is that I finished DigitalMedia Development at University and Im Open and Looking to Specialise in an IT Carrer...so maybe giving this a go is not such a bad idea...
pffff hard decision!

davidj
10-15-2008, 05:31 PM
COBOL is far removed from the net

you wont be playing on line with this stuff and the only graphics you will see is those on a terminal screen.

Its lucrative, especially as a contractor (£70k +) but its a dry subject so you may find its not for you.

as for programming itself its no different than doing sudoku. If you want a lesson in programming concepts using PHP contact me through Msn Messenger. I will explain how it works and introduce you to the concepts. Ill take away the fear!

digitaldesperad
10-22-2008, 09:15 PM
COBOL does not pay very good salaries. I think the reason for this is the skills you would gain from learning COBOL. COBOL is not like any other language in its syntax at least, therefore if you learn how to for example loop in COBOL is totally different to C, Java, C++, C#, JS, VBS.

davidj
10-22-2008, 10:24 PM
COBOL does not pay very good salaries.

http://www.cwjobs.co.uk/JobSeeking/(Cobol).html

http://www.cwjobs.co.uk/JobSeeking/job41627503.html

http://www.totaljobs.com/JobSearch/JobDetails.aspx?JobId=41509487&Keywords=cobol

http://www.totaljobs.com/JobSearch/JobDetails.aspx?JobId=41545466&Keywords=cobol


I think the reason for this is the skills you would gain from learning COBOL. COBOL is not like any other language in its syntax at least, therefore if you learn how to for example loop in COBOL is totally different to C, Java, C++, C#, JS, VBS.

syntax is different across all languages.