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How to upgrade skillset in mass?

By PENGUINSRULE ·
I have worked as a VMS administrator for approximately 18 years.

VMS is a solid operating system, but it has grown out of favour with companies due to a number of factors that I won't go into here.

Where that puts me is in a situation where all my operating systems, networking, database, applications, security, storage, etc. etc. are in areas that are increasingly out of favor, so I'm looking at trying to add additional skills en mass to my skillset if for some reason I find my self ever looking for work. I don't see any particular skill being more important than the others, except for leadership which is the most important skill to have. Any thoughts?

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Many of the skills you presently have will still work in your favor.

Most of the theories and common practices behind things such as networking, database design, security, storage, etc. hold true across multiple operating systems. It is just a matter of applying those theories and practices to the environment at hand.

As far as what specific environments to concentrate on updating, that's really a tough question to answer. A lot depends on the industry you work in. While the use of Windows and Windows applications seems to be the prevalent environment these days, I don't necessarily advocate that you rush out and learn everything Microsoft (even though that's where my expertise lies). Chances are many larger companies and corporations will have a smattering of systems and environments including Windows (various versions), Unix (various versions), and even Macintosh (various versions).

In general, I would search the help-wanted pages and technical job-search websites for your area to see wha skills are in greatest demand. While you are at it, run a search on VMS, you might be pleasently suprised.

Hope this helps.

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