Last week was an absolute blur. I was at work late almost every night, doing the assignments and studying for the huge test on RDBMS – which I passed pretty handily on Friday. That was a relief. Now we just have two more modules in our Generic Stream Training.
Next Monday, we have our final examination for the entire Generic Stream – aka everything I’ve been learning for the last two months or so. I’ve been trying to set up some mock code that I can use to buy some time on the hands-on portion of the examination (open computer test, but no Internet access) – even going as far as going into work at 10:00 PM on a Saturday night. The actual multiple choice exam is going to be tough – 100 questions chosen from everything from memory structure/paging to UNIX. I am determined to pass it on the first try.
Normally, this seems like an obvious thing to want to do – but with this exam, if you fail and have to retake it – I’d have to wait until December, after my Mainframe Stream training and comprehensive exam for that. Needless to say, that would be a “bad thing”. I’d rather grit my teeth and “git ‘r done” the first time instead of having two massive exams to deal with To that end, I’ve been saving up my Z’s this weekend, as I’ll be at “the office” late all week/weekend preparing for it.
After that test, I’ll have one more training segment for my technical portion – mine being mainframes!
That’s right kids! Kevin will get to stare at a 3270 terminal emulator and program in COBOL! Hey, whatever pays the bills I guess! (plus it is an interesting niche to get placed in – tons of legacy systems still in use). Now if I could only find out exactly what part of the entire Midwestern US they will be placing me, I’d be in business (that’s consulting for you!)
In good news, I’ll be leaving India on January 19th (at the absolute latest), so only 121 days left (give or take a few days – depending on the leave I have available at the end of my time). If anyone wants to know where I want to eat when I get back – I will be going to the closest Wendy’s and ordering a Classic Triple Combo Meal, Biggie Sized.