Over this past week, Scrivs asked his readers “What do you do?” to learn about his readers. D. Keith Robinson, in a similar post asked his readers “What could you be? What would you most like to be?“. I’d like to look to the past to complete the picture and ask: “What did you used to be?”
In case you are wondering, I was a Biology major. After four years of teaching high school Biology, Chemistry and Computers, I left teaching to go out on my own to start my own company — first focusing on corporate training and education, then moving to all things web related, and eventually expanding to offer web accessibility consulting services. (You know, because that was the logical progression from teaching high school…)
Now, some people out there didn’t used to be anything — they have always been involved in the web. There are now post-secondary programs that focus almost exclusively on the web, and those people are actually graduating as web (designers|developers|professionals).
Still, there are others that have come to the web from various backgrounds. Whether you are a web pro, hobbyist or otherwise, there are always stories to tell about how you got to where you are. I find those stories fascinating — you can learn so much from someone by knowing more about where they came from.
Where did you come from? What did you do before? How much influence has that had on what you do now?