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BLAKDUKE

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IT work
« on: March 26, 2012, 07:53:00 AM »
I have worked in the computer and IT field for 45 years.  I am currently contracting in that line of work.  Now I am talking about large mainframes not P.C's.  Any have any info on this type of work out in the RV world??

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Re: IT work
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2012, 08:51:45 PM »
I have worked in the computer and IT field for 45 years.  I am currently contracting in that line of work.  Now I am talking about large mainframes not P.C's.  Any have any info on this type of work out in the RV world??

ALK

Don't think so, Al. Most RV IT is on laptops, tablets, Smartphones, that type of thing. Now if you are savvy on WiFi or website maintenance, you might find some opportunities in those.

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Re: IT work
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2012, 09:12:49 PM »
Several forum members have been contractors in the IT business. One was a programmer on micro computers, and another was a programmer contracting to a company.

I don't understand the other reply you received  ???
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Re: IT work
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2012, 11:45:15 PM »
Are you talking coding or hardware work?  If you can presently upload/download the work from your home there's no reason you can't do that in a RV.  Hardware manipulation may be a little more difficult.

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Re: IT work
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2012, 09:06:49 AM »
I'm not sure what you are asking.  Are you looking to get a new contract in a different location (as opposed to actually working out of your RV)?  Some types of contract work is fairly common among RVers, e.g. nursing and construction and I would think that IT professionals would fit in as well.  Basically you find a new location that has contract work for you and then move to that area in your RV and find a campground to live in for the duration of the contract. You find the work through the usual professional contacts and help-wanted ads.

If you are looking to find work actually in a campground, I'd say the chances for mainframe-type IT work are slim. Few campgrounds have more than a microcomputer and some campground admin software. There may be some work setting up or maintaining/improving the campground's wifi network - that sort of thing is common enough.

If you want to do software development or other IT-related tasks, you can do anything you can do via the internet, including a PC as a terminal on a mainframe system. Obviously you need a strong internet connection to do that, so you probably need to carry that with you, i.e. cellular modem or satellite internet.
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Re: IT work
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2012, 04:25:48 PM »
Well. there are a few campground membership support and/or reservation computers that could use a good programmer... But alas, getting the owners to admit it is going to be a problem.
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Re: IT work
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2012, 09:49:46 AM »
Gary
Your first Paragraph is just what I am doing, but I am doing out of my home, using dice.com, career bulder.com, monster.com, and indeed.com.  I am looking at traveling a bit more and seeing if some companies are catering tp Rv'ers and not adverising on any of those mentioned sites.

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Re: IT work
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2012, 09:53:26 AM »
I spent a career in IT, more the mainframe style, and consiered doing what you are looking to do and took a pass on it.  Most CG's need something in the line of PC solutions, in fact there is a member here that does just that, but I believe he is selling the CG management software and maintaining it. 

I have found other ways to make the road work.  I feel much better now that I left IT behind me.

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Re: IT work
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2012, 11:07:10 AM »
Bill

I wholeheartedly agree with you.  Unfortunately I have trained myself to do nothing else but.  I never thought that after 13 years the company would succumb to PC, one way thinking and rely on backstabbing types to get rid of experienced employees.   So here I am 70 years old and not trained for much of anything else.   Plus my wife is stuck where she works and could not go with me to remote locations and find something comparable.  What is it you do??????

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Re: IT work
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2012, 04:26:43 PM »
Sounds like how I left my old comany.  I now work in Parks at the Association biiikstores, very nice, no stress, and a mission to believe in, our money goes back into the park for education and research. 
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Re: IT work
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2012, 04:24:50 PM »
As you have already noted, mainframe is now a niche market, but it is still lucrative. The simple reason is there is a lack of new people coming in, and the old hands are retiring. Supply and demand becomes a factor.

I have spent all my career (almost 45 years) on the client server side. However, there are still large mainframe shops that aren't abandoning their investment in code anytime soon, and those specialists are hard to come by.

I work for one of the 14 Blue Cross entities, and I think you should shop that group for opportunities. Almost 20% of our staff are contractors and many work remotely. I have also met a number of IBM'ers full time on the road.

Making sure you have a connection where you are (I have AT&T and Verizon MiFI) is really the only trick. Nobody I work with knows which of the last 14 states I have been in was the one they were talking to. :)

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Re: IT work
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2012, 05:06:28 PM »
You would be absolutely amazed at how many mainframe people are out there looking.  I have to fight with sometimes, 100 other resumes for a job.  As to BCBS I have worked for two of them, 1 in New York and I have no intention of living and working in a deep freeze, the other was transfered into a profit corp and then sold to a holding company, so it ain't even a BCBS anymore.  I'll just keep thinking about it maybe something will pop up. 

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Re: IT work
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2012, 08:11:33 PM »
A friend of mine does like you and uses dice and careerbuilder etc. But he also works with 2 or 3 contract companies. Let them come up with placements for you to choose from.  Of course they get a cut but it can be worth it so you dont have to do that constant searching.  Thats what i plan to do beginning later this year.
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Re: IT work
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2012, 11:12:18 AM »
Although it not fulltiming it, I started a job up here in Brentwood Tn, just south of Nashville.  For right now it is a 4 to 6 month contract, with a possible extention.  Got a campground in Columbia so all in all it's working out o.k.  Unfortunatly Full timing it, may
never be an option.   The wife wants to have a home base, so the most I can see is 2 to 3 months at a time.  That only works if we are both retired, which is 6 to 7 years away.   So for the time being this will have to do.  As long as I am close enough to home (no more than 6 hours away) I can come home on some weekends and she can take time to come up for some weekends.

ALK
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Re: IT work
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2012, 04:51:12 PM »
Al,

Congrats, that sounds like a reasonable compromise and you never know how things can evolve. We always say all our plans are carved in Jell-O.

Good luck!

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Re: IT work
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2012, 06:48:07 PM »
I know the feeling.  I have coded programs in Jell-o.
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