I am a COBOL programmer and I hate it. How do I quit and start with something new?

I have been a programmer using COBOL for about 4 years now. I really hated it and still do, but my biggest fault was NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT! I really like programming, and would love to continue, but not in COBOL. I think the only upside in my case is I have also been working on Java, although not as much, for about 3 years. But most of my time I had to use COBOL. Now, if I quit and start looking for a new job, my resume would still have COBOL and I will most probably be interviewed for the same kind of jobs, right? I am really interested in web development, and try and do something in that area in my personal time. In other words, how do I tell my future employer "Hey, I have 4 years of COBOL experience, but I just want to throw that away and start over. Please give me a job."? More details: Thanks for the replies guys. I know Java pretty well. I know PHP/HTML/Javascript/AJAX and all that jazz. I have my own personal PR4 website. I write programs for fun. I contribute to open source whenever I can. But since I graduated, I have been working with the same company for 4 years, and have no idea about how the job market is out there. Hell yeah, I can prove I know my stuff. But I have no *OFFICIAL, REAL WORLD* experience! For instance, I can't say 'I have solved the such-and-such problem in our intranet website' or 'I have a portfolio of clients I have made websites for'. I don't even know if it really matters, mainly because I have never tried taking an interview or even applying for a job until now. Thanks again!

Asked By: whatever_you_want - 11/2/2006
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Go back to school again.
Answered By: bor_rabnud - 11/2/2006
Additional Answers (8)
Go for JAVA Man it the the top of the food chain i a a java programmer and i love it
Answered By: lucas_hokanson - 11/2/2006
Learn assembly language and you can continue up to visual basic, etc...Then you can say, I have 4 years in X, know X and X...
Answered By: fantasticopinionsfree - 11/2/2006
go up to the boss, say i quit. fcuking easy!
Answered By: Nivek Y - 11/2/2006
COBOL they still use that? Dude go back to school, C++ etc. The job experience is good but you need to get some training in other languages. Frankly if you have college you have had the training just make sure your resume highlights the other training and points to good job performance.
Answered By: John Kouns - 11/2/2006
Well, that's not exactly how I would go about getting a new job in a different specialty. You have programming experience and that is a plus. If you want to do web developing you will need to show some proficiency with this - including java programming. Do you have working examples you can provide? Can you answer basic... More
Answered By: nljth123 - 11/2/2006
Stay with Java and learn .NET either VB or C#. You have enough basic skills that you'll be able to learn quickly. I use mySQL and PHP for some websites... give those a try as well. I'm a professional programmer and my personal opinion is get you feet wet in the new stuff you don't have to be great at any one... More
Answered By: Ed - 11/2/2006
yeah man quit and look for another job umm my suggestion even tho everybody hates microsoft is VB.NET me beiing a .net developer would have to say its in high demend or even better C# then you get a jop like mine where you set around all day answer question on yahoo hehehe yeah good luck
Answered By: slavemaker - 11/2/2006
Build your resume website. Show off what you know. Get out before you start thinking in cobol!
Answered By: Jake Cigar - 11/2/2006
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