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AlmondSauce16010336dThe .net and Java ecosystems are way more similar than the COBOL and Java ecosystems - if you use one, I wouldn't worry about not being able to catch up with the other if you need to.
I'd be weary of option 1 personally, it's always human nature to look back on these things with rose tinted glasses somewhat, and you could damage, rather than build your current relationships. Options 2 or 3 sound like they have potential. I'd listen to what option 3 has to say then go from there.
jeeper5833336dOption 2 seems like a no brainer to me. Just use what you know in the latest form until you decide you want to do something new or find something with an attribute that sets it apart
I'm definitely in the same boat here with my recommendation. Going back to an old job doesn't seem like you're really "growing", but just wanting back an old comfort. Unfortunately for me, I've never really left a company on good terms so it's easy for me to think that way, but my advice is to avoid looking back and to always look forward -- new places bring new opportunities, new networks and people. You can always switch again if it doesn't work out.
@prodigy214 going back to a previous company is something I’ve done before.
(It wasn’t at any of these options I’ve got now)
Second time with them turned out the be the best job I’ve ever had. The company was starting to adopt agile when I went back and were recruiting lots of new people so it was familiar but very different to the first time.
Hols at option 1 are 25 forever.
Option 2, 25 and go up to 30 after 5 years.
Option 3, 26 and go up to 30. (not sure how fast).
So all pretty similar to start with.
gosubinit4201335dIf salaries are similar, go for the technologies you want your carrer to move towards. Even if you leave in a year or two, the xp will remain in you CV and will count for getting other jobs.
@prodigy214 sorry. It’s just your annual leave entitlement. The number of holidays you can take