Before having children I was a mainframe programmer in the South Africa and the UK, using a fourth generation procedural language called Adabas Natural for about 15 years. After moving to NZ I worked for a while doing a variety of languages, including SQL and a little Delphi.
After being at home with children for 10 years I was unemployable and a single mum. I cleaned houses for a year as that fitted in with my children's school hours. Then I found an admin job in a school. A year ago a better position became available and I got a huge promotion. I provide a helpdesk for the staff, train the staff, and communicate with the programmers who write our software (they are in Australia). I am getting closer to IT but can't get any closer in my current job, which is still an admin/helpdesk type of job.
I live in Tauranga which is a smaller market place. Agencies have told me I have great IT experience and would probably be employable in Auckland or Wellington, but Tauranga is too small to find a company that would retrain me.
I will do some work but am mostly on holiday for January so can stuck into quite a bit of studying but am not sure where to start.
I would appreciate any advice you can give me - what languages should I looking at learning? and can you recommend any particular course? preferably online courses?
I am happy to pay to do courses, I have looked at the SAP courses on com2learn but I know nothing about SAP so am unsure whether to pursue it and it's not cheap so I need to be sure.