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Always had an interest in aviation, sparked by the movie The Big Lift. Later I earned my Private pilots license (single & sailplane) and interned at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum during high school. After a long career in photography I "reinvented" myself as a college professor.
I can't really say what "career" I wanted as a child. Those kind of things were nebulous until I used my first computer in my sophomore year in high school in (1978).
It truly was "love at first sight." I wanted to "play" with computers. I've been doing so ever since.
At primary school I tought about becoming a busdriver, for a local public transport company.
At high school I wanted to become a chemistry scientist, which become a problem when I developed allergies for chemicals. In this period I got in contact with simple computers.
So I decided to study Applied Mathematics, where I got in full contact with computers.
When applying for a job in science failed, I switched to system administration.
As a child, I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do, I thought being a Math Teacher would be cool, and I did enjoy messing around with my parents IBM PS2 Model 30. I started writing Basic programs, got several college degrees which eventually turned into a career as a Software Engineer.
Pilot .. I had a license by the time I was 17... My best mate who I got my license with at the same time is now a B777 skipper.. But I do IT . I studied physics /maths at uni but moved into IT as people kept giving me money to do it .and it was fun .. First paid project was porting an application running on HP basic on a hp1000 mini computer to CPM basic running on a Microsoft CPM card in an apple 2... that was when Microsoft was a small company before DOS etc ... Still have to doco
Since I was a child I used to want to be a Software Engineer because I really like videogames and I never thought about How hard is to develop one XD
Nowadays, I am not develop videogames but I am a Sofware Engineer so I got my goal and I'll never regret about it. The interesting thing is that I have never imagine that I will work at IBM and I never seen in front of me computers or cash registers at supermarket with IBM logo and now I see them in every place. Same thing with red hat technologies