COBOL lab Projects
Training materials and labs for a "Getting Started" level course on COBOLProject mention: Ask HN: What Niche Language to Learn? | news.ycombinator.com | 2021-11-16
It's certainly not as straighforward as learning a more popular language and environment, but there are online resources if you look for them. A quick search yielded https://github.com/openmainframeproject/cobol-programming-co...
There appears to be an active community around it, and I'm sure getting help in an apprenticeship sort of way is possible. Again, we're talking about a niche language, so you can't expect the same level of accessibility as NodeJS or Go.
As for finding jobs, they're probably few and far between, but appear to be well paid from what I've heard. Places that need COBOL programmers will announce it, opportunities will likely come up from other contacts in the community, and cold contacting companies you know are using it is always an option.
COBOL labs related posts
Ask HN: What Niche Language to Learn?
2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 16 Nov 2021
How can I find sample projects to practice?
1 project | reddit.com/r/cobol | 27 Jun 2021
Getting started with COBOL development on Fedora Linux 33 -- "COBOL is still powering business critical operations within many major organizations. As the need to update, upgrade and troubleshoot these applications grows, so may the demand for anyone with COBOL development knowledge."
1 project | reddit.com/r/programming | 14 Mar 2021
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