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February RHLC Challenge: What career did you want as a child, and what are you doing now?

We will be hosting a monthly challenge where community members who engage and contribute have the chance to win unique badges in the Red Hat Learning Community!

February challenge: reply to this thread with what career you wanted as a child, and where you are now.

Good luck!

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Mission Specialist
Mission Specialist

I wanted to be a veterinarian, and here we are, deep down into IT!

Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

When I was a kid, My current employer used to hold Annual Christmas Parties, and invite the community kids that were less fortunate. One Year I was invited, and I said to myself someday I would like to work for them when I'm older. Now I do work for them supporting RHEL on our Engineering workstations and Servers. 

Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

I wanted to be a musician and now I'm falling in love for Linux.


I wanted to be a lawyer! That changed in high school when I fell in love with the Internet.

Today I work with Red Hat as a subject matter expert and on the weekends I dabble in growing my own organic produce :-)

Starfighter Starfighter

To be honest, I can't recall what I wanted to be as a child.

What I can say, however, is that when I was first introduced to computers in 1978 (when I was 15 or 16 - so still, perhaps, a "child"), I knew that's what I wanted to work with the rest of my life. I've been lucky as I've done exactly that.

At that time, I thought I'd end up a programmer. Things didn't work out that way; I've worn many hats in IT except programmer - as a vocation, that is.

Now? I'm a Red Hat Academy professor, teaching system administration (RHEL), automation (Ansible), and containers / orchestrations (Kubernetes / OpenShift). I also teach Cisco CCNA classes.

And I'm currently taking Python. The programming "bug" has never left.

Program Lead at Arizona's first Red Hat Academy, est. 2005
Estrella Mountain Community College
Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

You just brought me back to my childhood for a second. My big brother said that he would send me to a summer camp if I wanted to go when I was around 7 or 8 years old. At the camp, they had a bunch of interesting topics (electives) you could choose from. I believe he said I could choose 2 out of the 3 but I had to go to one in pariclar called "Introduction to computers" (this camp was gearing kids for their futures, though I had no idea at the time I just thought my brother wanted me to go somewhere he thought was cool and have fun).

The intro computer class was awesome. It made me have a desire to learn more, but computers were so expensive back then. Fast forward to now, I do believe that class acted as a catalyst for my passion and love for computers today. Since then I have often thanked my older brother and let him know how much I've always appreciated his influences in my life.

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Flight Engineer Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

This might sound made up, but I'm doing it!

When I was 4 years old, I was already computer literate, even though we wouldn't have that term until a long time later. By 6, I was programming in basic and logo. Around 1985, I began to think of this term 'user' and I decided that I needed to be the opposite of that. I thought I was fullfilling that dream when I became a sysop during my BBS phase in the mid to late 90s.

But things got real when I discovered unix. I wanted to be an admin. It felt right. Somewhere around 2002 when I took my first Red Hat certification class, I decided the best thing would be to be an instructor. If I could teach this subject to other people every week, I'd really get to know the material.

I've been teaching Red Hat classes for years now and I couldn't be able happier!


I wanted to work in a racing stable helping work and look after the horses, somehow I ended up lecturing in IT for a vocational education organisation!

Lecturer / Trainee Coordinator
Starfighter Starfighter

I wanted to be a farrier and stockman. As it turned out, my back couldn't stand up to the rigours of farrier/blacksmith work. I do have horses and ride, but I'm now a full-time technical editor for Red Hat.

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