Our expert says:
Sounds like this is either an accidental misfortune, or, as you imply, a situation in which the company has been strategically happy to dead-end you, to keep you around conveniently. Maybwe you should consult a labour lawyer, as there may be some obligations for a company to provide opportunities for career development and broader training. Are there truly no other job oportunities in COBOL ? Are there not other companies with legacy programmes needing these skills, but perhaps more alert to helping their employees to develop further ?
SOme psychologists ( not all ) provide vocational advice, and can do a range of tests which assess your interests and your abilities, and suggest work field which fit both
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