WOW ! It was encouraging to hear I am not the only one who was too busy to keep up with all the fast-paced computer technology of the last 30 years. Working 50+ hours a week, raising a child, taking care of an invalid elderly parent and being a wife, I did NOT have free time.
Spent 18 years programming at a bank which used proprietary NCR software (anyone remember NEAT/3?) Then 12 of the last 14 in a school district, again, with proprietary COBOL (!) software. They did eventually go to a DB/SQL/Crystal Reports system with limited in-house training.
Then 18 months ago I was RIF'ed even though my boss took early retirement at 61 with "rule of 80", hoping it would stem off the layoff of any of the 3 remaining employees (1 operator, 1 programmer/network admin, and me). Alas, my worst fear came true.
Now I feel I flubbed up my career.
THANKS for the encouragement and letting me vent!
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