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What Were You In Your Previous Life?

... no, its not about reincarnation

     

austtr

4:31 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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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

moltar

4:36 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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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.

msr986

4:36 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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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....

4crests

4:53 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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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.

WildAngel

9:04 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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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)

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I was a spy. ;)

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

Scott

menton

9:51 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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hi everybody,

I was a student in Television and Broadcasting.

DaveN

10:10 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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college.
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

DaveN

jamesa

10:49 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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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. :)

Liane

11:04 am on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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  • 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)

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

    Vermont

    12:26 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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    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.

    ritualcoffee

    12:57 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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    took all this up straight out of college.

    curlykarl

    1:22 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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    God :)

    satanclaus

    1:40 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)



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

    hightraffic10

    1:46 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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    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.

    georged

    1:56 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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    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:
    SEO!

    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.

    roscoepico

    1:59 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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    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.

    ska_demon

    3:37 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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    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.
    ska_demon

    Vampyre

    5:01 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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    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.

    TGecho

    5:21 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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

    linkshark

    5:42 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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

    Skier

    5:59 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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    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.

    TheDoctor

    11:16 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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    Previously, I worked in IT.

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

    musicman

    11:45 pm on Aug 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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

    SlowMove

    12:47 am on Aug 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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

    tbear

    1:14 am on Aug 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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

    Hawkgirl

    2:57 pm on Aug 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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    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)

    NFFC

    3:03 pm on Aug 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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    Insurance Clerk
    Telephone Sales
    Outside Sales
    Taxi Driver
    Plasterer
    Burglar
    Cafe Owner
    Gigolo
    Scrap Yard Owner
    Web Site Designer
    SEO
    Web Site Owner

    Had to miss a few out

    lawman

    8:11 pm on Aug 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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

    lawman

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