This is the time for Mainframe programmers to learn digital skills. The main reason is opportunities are very few in the market for Mainframe Skills.
Why mainframe skills not only enough?
The reason is Mainframe works still on legacy skills. But IBM is doing a lot of research to bring the mainframe to the next level (let us see what happens next!).
What you need to learn next?
You are now an experienced programmer in the mainframe environment.
Switching to most modern technical skills demands some effort from you. Since you need to work at a low level.
This is just a temporary situation (if you work a few years on modern skills, then you will become a double side edge resource).
Once you get hands-on, you can move into the most modern skills area.
What skills are most suitable?
- Complete skills of Web development (HTML5, PHP, CSS, JAVA, .net etc)
- ETL development skills( Informatica, DB2, Oracle, Teradata, SQL, PLSQL with Hadoop skills, Netteza for IBM, Core JAVA)
- Analytics skills (VBScript, Excel, SAS, R)
- Data related skills (SQL, NoSQL, Digital Skills, Qlikview, Tableau )