July 19th, 2010

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Writer's Block: If I had a hammer

As a child, did you feel like you were you expected to pursue a certain type of career? How did this make you feel? Did you wind up choosing a different profession or path?

Absolutely no pressure at all, thankfully! The world was always presented as wide open to me. If there something I wanted to do, whether it was be an engineer or a minister or a scientist or a teacher or an artist, that was up to me. And, mind you, gender didn't come into the picture at all. Now, I did know it was expected I work hard in school and go to college, and I did know that depending on what career I went into I'd make more or less money. I even heard my dad grousing occasionally about my siblings' career choices. But in terms of parents, teachers or counselors saying "It's Plastics" a la The Graduate? Never happened.

And as for what choice I ultimate took, that again had nothing to do with anything except pursuing interests and opportunities that naturally came up. I also learned that having a main career doesn't mean you can't do a lot of different jobs in that career and do a lot of things on the side. I've been a web projects & mgt. guru, but I've also been a video producer, an editor, a writer, a graphic designer, a programmer, an information architecture, a usability engineer, a teacher, a technical writer and more.