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independent consultant - telecom software engineering
i studied many things in college, including political science,
russian, bioengineering, and psychology, but couldn't find a career
path that i was really enthusiastic about.
i graduated with my b.s. in psychology, and then studied for my
m.a. in aesthetic perception. all through college, i earned money
by programming statistical analyses for researchers. i wasn't
crazy about statistical programming, but i was very good at it.
i had used the Internet all through college, but i became intrigued
with computers and the WWW when i first saw the Mosaic web browser;
at first, i thought it would be an inexpensive and easy way to
distribute my aesthetic perception research surveys to respondents.
at that time, the WWW was relatively unknown. as i worked with
the technology, i became more and more involved with promoting the
Internet in my community, and volunteered in setting up a Free Net.
i happened to bump into an old aquaintance i'd met in summer camp
when i was 12. i told him about my interest in the Internet and my
helping with the Free Net, and he asked if I'd like to work for
his company in setting up a WWW server complex. no one even imagined
at that time the WWW would become popular, but i jumped at the
chance because i thought i could learn a lot more about the Internet.
during my time with that company, the WWW exploded in popularity,
we were all amazed and thrilled.
a friend i went to high school with saw some of my work on the
Internet, and asked if i'd like to work with telecommunications
web application development. again, i jumped at the chance, as it
was a good opportunity to keep learning and get into actual software
development. there, i managed a large intranet and several web
servers. i also had the chance to learn a lot about telecommunications.
now, i am an independent consultant. i work primarily with telecom
application systems analysis and design, but my specialization is
in telecom web customer care applications.
i *love* what i do.
when i was 16, my job did not exist; there were no web application
develeopers. follow what interests and challenges you. your ideal
career may not be defined right now... you define it yourself.