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Valerie Dennis - 8/3/2015 9:44:05 AM
   
Advice For New Mainframers
Whether you are a new IT professional or a longtime mainframe user, we all had to start somewhere. Usually that somewhere was as the new person on the team learning techniques and skills.

What is one piece of information you wish you had when starting out in a mainframe career?

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RocketCTO - 8/3/2015 1:43:29 PM
   
RE:Advice For New Mainframers
As a programmer, embracing the Principle of Operations early is a key to your success. Even if you are not programming in assembler, understanding the instruction set is like learning all of the features of a coding editor.

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Ron - 8/3/2015 2:46:20 PM
   
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If you are just starting out and you are serious about pursuing a career in mainframe computing, it is very important to be open to relocating for a summer internship opportunity or a full time position. It is also important to be open to travel for the position. My mainframe clients are located throughout North America. Many of these clients have multiple locations in different parts of the country that need mainframe talent. They have very good compensation programs and great work environments for learning the mainframe. The odds of being selected to participate in a summer internship opportunity or hired as a full time employee increase exponentially, when you are open to relocation and travel for the position.

It is also a great way to become familiar with other parts of this very interesting country.

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Dan - 9/3/2015 6:56:08 PM
   
RE:Advice For New Mainframers
Write a test tool. A simple program that drives functionality in your environment. That was a great first assignment for me. When I became a team leader maybe five years later, that was a great first project I gave to the newbies I was training. You really learn design code test debug and documentation techniques. Oh yes you write a users manual too don't you?

And you work with the users of your tool too. So you have a feel for support experiences.

What do my colleagues think?




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sgrecov - 9/17/2015 7:08:12 PM
   
RE:Advice For New Mainframers
The Book: What on Earth is a Manframe
By: David Stephens

Read that first, then got to the Red Books.

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