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Where to start to get back into the COBOL CICS job Market

  • 1.  Where to start to get back into the COBOL CICS job Market

    Posted 19 days ago
    Good Day.
           This is more of a request for guidance rather than a typical Q&A info exchange. It reads kind of like a novel.
    Years ago I was a COBOL/CICS programmer (late 80s,90s and early 2000s). I did well. I eventually became an Independent contractor  with a small IT consulting firm and ran it from 2000 to 2015.  I stopped being hands on, an managed my own Programmers, Project  Managers and Business Analysts.    I had some problems and had to return to the Job Market.  I have worked as a Business Analyst for the last few years but this is not a comfortable fit for me.  I still remember the JCL,COBOL CICS technology. and I'm looking to go back into it as a Legacy/Integration  support specialist.

    I know things have changed but I am really excited about getting back into the field.  I have to Learn about Web Interfaces and get some

    refreshers on CICS and DB2.

    My questions is where and how do I go about getting the refresher and retooling.     Can anyone make suggestions? Much appreciated.


    Samuel Simmons

  • 2.  RE: Where to start to get back into the COBOL CICS job Market

    Posted 18 days ago

    Hi Samuel,

    for refreshing CICS did you try this?

    KICKS ( CICS ) for IBM MVS 3.8 - Transaction processing - M24(

    I love this moshix channel on YouTube!

    Best regards


  • 3.  RE: Where to start to get back into the COBOL CICS job Market

    Posted 18 days ago
    Hi, I have this from a workshop, it's introduction but it will help you. If you go on you will find some stuff on Redbooks for CICS. I found that most stuff for DB2 is paid though. There are lots of free badges that you can study online and get digital free badges. and
    Take care.

    Marcelo Fantazzini


    CICS.pdf   510 KB 1 version
    Db2.pdf   282 KB 1 version

  • 4.  RE: Where to start to get back into the COBOL CICS job Market

    Posted 17 days ago
    Edited by Robert Prins 17 days ago
    Why are there no direct contact details on your profile? It would make things a lot easier.

    Robert Prins robert(ta)prino(tod)org
    Freelancer "between contracts"

  • 5.  RE: Where to start to get back into the COBOL CICS job Market

    Posted 16 days ago

    Hi Samuel,

    I live in Brazil and my professional story is pretty like yours. I graduated in business systems analysis and worked as a mainframe programmer and analyst in the early 80's. Since then, I jumped to IT and business management positions until retiring very recently.

    In Early 2019 I started my plan for retirement and decided to go back to the basics and revising my mainframe knowledge to apply for COBOL programmer jobs, given the demand for such professionals down here and worldwide, especially in the banking and credit card industries.

    The first big question was what school offered a course and access to an IBM mainframe with languages, DBMS, and development tools. Very soon I found that only few colleges still offered such environment  for students dedicated to a graduation program lasting 4 or 5 years.

    After a lot of searching, I found IBM Master the Mainframe and have been participating in its challenges since 2019. But MTM was a kind of swiss knife and did not go deeper into COBOL, VSAM, DB2 and other tools, but these were available anyway. The big lack in fact was CICS, which I tried to have access to an environment but I was told it was not available and I should try IBM Z Trial. I enrolled to IZT; however, I was allowed to utilize CICS only for few days.

    I researched few other options, such as installing Hercules with MVS 3.8J Tur(n)key Version 4 emulators, but CICS was also unavailable. Early 2020 I found an online course in Brazil where I could access their CICS environment in a server running ADCD, but they will shut it down next month.

    Meanwhile, I took some Udemy classes about z/OS, TSO, JCL, ISPF, SDSF, VSAM, DB2 and COBOL (guess what… no CICS again).

    Recently, I read the article How to get a Mainframe access - Mainframe Nation where Abhishek Rathi shows his extensive research of options for accessing mainframe environments, including CICS, at no or low cost.

    I hope that sharing with you my experience on finding a viable path for training on an IBM environment can reduce your efforts and shorten your way.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me for further details.

    Please find below some useful links for your research:

    Courses, Tutorials and Manuals


    IBM Mainframe Timeshare Services


    Francisco Durante

  • 6.  RE: Where to start to get back into the COBOL CICS job Market

    Posted 17 days ago
    Edited by David Staudacher 17 days ago
    I manage a LinkedIn group devoted to preserving and supporting applications running on the Mainframe. We'd love to have you: - 𝐌𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐞 (𝐂𝐎𝐁𝐎𝐋, 𝐞𝐭𝐜) 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐬
    There are also many true newbies in the group who could benefit from you sharing your experience with them.
    Only pre-requisites are:
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    ... all pre-requisites waived until we reach 1887 members.