Tempting as you make it sound Rhea, I will not be coming out of retirement any time soon. COBOL isn’t hard to learn but perhaps the higher education system, in selling people “data science” degrees by claiming it is sexy are driving away the people they need to attract, those interested in a career in business. OK business doesn’t sound sexy but businessmen can be sexy, all it takes is an expensive car, a few expensive suits and a couple of gold cards. On the other hand Data Science, i.e. trying to extract meaning from the dross Facebook collect illegally from our computers, is about as sexy as cold porridge.
My advice to anyone looking for a career and an exciting life, forget ‘sexy’ job titles, learn COBOL, get the money and buy that Ferrari.