Started in IT full time as an operator in 1963 became a programmer in 1964 / 5 both using IBM 1401 in autocode, Cobol & RPG (and 7094 oper. only).
RPG used to migrate UR (Unit Record) kit to m/f.
Moved on to IBM 360 (BAL & Cobol) and later 370 late 60's along with programming as a A/P on ICL 1501, 1900 all Cobol and PLAN (Macro assembler).
Projects on later IBM models above 370 still using Cobol, RPG, BAL , likewise on developing ICL 29 and 39 series using Cobol, S3 and Algol 68E (for developing the O/S VME on series 29) Moved up from a A/P to lead and project manager.
During above periods late 60 - mid 70's) also worked on Burroughs, Honeywell, DEC and a few others up to IT Manager.
Moved over to Independent Testing up to Test Manager as well as tester, test leader and still some programming Cobol among others).
Started two companies one to import and sell retail and trade microcomputer books, magazines, software and hardware 74 - 75 and opened first shop selling retails micro related products in Europe (Byte Shop) still involved in m/f development and testing).
Sold up companies mid / late 80's and moved to contract / freelance work in a range of roles from programming, testing (doing and management) on IBM and ICL sites around the UK and overseas sometimes.
From around 2005 started to retire but still get work although mostly these days migrating Cobol projects from m/f and Micro focus/Fujitsu to Gnu Cobol (was called Open Cobol) and some other consultancy programming or testing related as well as some non exec director work for a few large companies which is more like a once a month type assignment.
All helps to keep the wolf from the door and for many current work projects mostly work from home (other than the director (IT) meetings etc)