COBOL has been in the news recently because tons of people are applying for unemployment and it’s breaking these ancient systems that were built in — you guessed it — COBOL.
I had to make this video after I saw a post on Reddit giving new developers advice not to chase that COBOL money (if there even is any money to chase).
The commenters’ arguments for why you shouldn’t chase down that COBOL money are great. My only critique is that you could take them even further.
My advice: stop chasing down every job requirement you see – frameworks, languages, dev ops tools… all of it. Keep learning, but do it on your terms instead of letting poorly written job listings pull you from stack to stack.
In this video, I explain why it hurts your chances of getting a job rather than helping them.
If you’d like to hear about another potential distraction that might delay your goals, check out my article about the seductive powers of the coding tutorial!