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What Were You In Your Previous Life?
... no, its not about reincarnation

 4:31 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Its a common misconception that "web people" are IT nerds, programmers and assorted tech-heads. Not true...

What was (and maybe still is) your business/occupation/profession/job etc before getting involved the WWW?

I'm curious to see just how diverse we are as a group, yet share the common interests that bring us to these forums.

Myself: office services & facilities manager, workplace health and safety



 4:36 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

I used to live in Russia, i was a student. I was offline computer freak and a little bit of a gamer. Lan parties and such. A bit of BBS and Fido.


 4:36 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

I was a software engineer working on embedded systems.

Before that I was a field service engineer.

Before that I was a production manager for an electronics assembly line.

Before that I was....


 4:53 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

College (Central Washington U.)

U.S. Navy (NAS Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Wa.)

Retail Store Owner (Portland, Or.)

Now, online store owner.

That about covers it.


 9:04 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

college (cape town)

worked at a furniture shop.

now doing SEO/design..etc.

<"web people" are IT nerds> i only got into computers after high school, i was too busy surfing or going to parties with friends to sit behind a computer.

Marketing Guy

 9:09 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

I was a spy. ;)

Now I have to kill you all..... :P



 9:51 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

hi everybody,

I was a student in Television and Broadcasting.


 10:10 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Inkjet Printer Engineer
Business Development Manager for a Printer Manufacturer.
Business Development Manager for a Printer Repair Company
Managing Director for a ISP / SEM company



 10:49 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

I was a professional musician. Did a lot of touring throughout the U.S. and overseas. Didn't know hardly a thing about computers. My ex-wife still teases me about the time she wanted to get a "real computer" and I was just disgusted. Me: "I've got this screamin 386 running DOS, PFSFile, PFSWrite and Lotus123, what more could we possibly need?" Her: "But there's this thing called Windows with pictures and a mouse and the internet..." I just didn't get it. But we ended up getting a Mac (which was what everyone in the music business was using) and the rest is history. Now my guitar mostly gathers dust. :)


 11:04 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

  • Yacht Charter Broker/owner of small brokerage firm
  • Manager of Yacht Charter Company
  • Owner of failed Brewery (Beer)
  • Yacht Broker/owner of brokerage firm
  • Marketing & Sales Director for a large tableware company
  • Marketing Director for a medium sized tableware company
  • General Manager of Olympic Training Complex
  • Owner of a Students for Hire Company which I later franchised
  • Swimming Pool Manager
  • hannamyluv

     12:17 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    World Stomper (aka a bum with a travel bug)
    Warehouse Inventory Control
    Marketing Events Coordinator


     12:26 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    I was a land surveyor working in very remote mountains of northern Maine and New Hampshire. Chainsaws, theodolites, handheld computers (this was pre-Global Positioning Systems). Resupplied every 10-days by canoe and logging roads.

    Fell into web programming because of my experience in creating survey-related programs on HP-Handhelds for the many and varied jobs.

    Laying out a good map is something like laying out a good website. In the early days of the internet that was considered a close match.

    Nerd? A realestate client said I look like a bouncer.


     12:57 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    took all this up straight out of college.


     1:22 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    God :)


     1:40 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    An alcoholic...........oh wait that hasn't changed. I was in college and an alcoholic.


     1:46 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    I also fancied a drink once or twice at collge, it sure does teach you how to drink. Luckily I got a job at a very nice internet company 2 months out of college.


     1:56 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    College (Eng.Lit, Philosophy)

    Retail Assistant in clothes shop

    More College (French, Creative Writing, more Philosophy)

    Games Tester (paid to play video games...cool!)

    Game Developer

    Some vaguely MLM-type tomfoolery

    More College (Law)

    Online Journalism

    and then on to:

    A fairly mixed bag.

    You can add to my CV 'rejected for a job by McDonalds'. LOL! That was after the second spell of college.


     1:59 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    Worked on an assembly line making close to minimum wage. I was hired 7 years ago @ the age of 18 to hand submit sites to Excite and build templates. It's actually amusing now that I think of it. My now current partner was my boss and I remember the first day he said to me, "OK Mike, first thing you want to do is open a browser and go to excite.com." I looked up at him and said, "Huh, whats a browser?" My only experience on a computer up to that point was playing Orgeon Trail on an Apple in the 6th grade. I learned most of what I know now from these here forums and trial and error.


     3:37 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    I write SCADA control and monitoring systems for a living at the moment but I like to squeeze a bit of aff marketing in here and there. I suppose I'm just a lurker, but I like it here.


     5:01 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    College Student: Eastern Washington University, attempted CIS major.

    Fast Food Worker: Subway

    Assembler: Telect, I soldered PC boards, assembled jacks, and the really fun job, running the machine that put the wire wrap pins into the circuit boards.

    and now,

    Internet Marketing, both as a job and as a hobby. And I'm also, a fractal artist.


     5:21 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    Still in highschool. Paper route.
    I just started making money on all of this web design stuff.


     5:42 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    Commercial fisherman. Offshore for 16 years before switching to this.


     5:59 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    Packaged goods marketing. Big budgets, national distribution, classic TV/Print /Outdoor advertising, and a sales force. High stress, early burnout. No computer/internet experience at all.

    Trying to translate traditional marketing concepts into small budget e-marketing has been an education. Having the ability to manipulate the variables on my own, and instantly, has been a real joy.

    So far, much less income. Much more quality to my life. Good tradeoff.


     11:16 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    Previously, I worked in IT.

    Okay, I know this may have some people puzzled...


     11:45 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

    Tax Man (I Know...)
    Fork Lift Truck Driver (It was more fun)
    Management Trainee
    Print Company Exec
    Cleaning Business Owner
    Composer & Producer (TV Music)
    er...still doing that, but love DIYSEO & lurking here


     12:47 am on Aug 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

    Classified "top secret"
    I could tell you but then I'd have to...


     1:14 am on Aug 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

    I was a guitarist, well, I still am actually. Oh, I like to drink too, my kids think I'm kewl......


     2:57 pm on Aug 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

    A diverse list of various stuff.
    • Jack of all trades marketer (PR, business development, yada yada)
    • Freelance motorcycle journalist
    • Survey researcher
    • Adjunct professor of sociology at a few universities
    • Graduate student
    • T-shirt tie-dyer*

    (* more than 3 years, worked for a real corporation, made a killin', this was my all time favorite job, so don't laugh)


     3:03 pm on Aug 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

    Insurance Clerk
    Telephone Sales
    Outside Sales
    Taxi Driver
    Cafe Owner
    Scrap Yard Owner
    Web Site Designer
    Web Site Owner

    Had to miss a few out


     8:11 pm on Aug 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

    I've been a hit-man since 1990 - I'm licensed by the State so I guess it's legal. :)


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