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Re: If I wasn't a Programmer, what I'd like to do is...

by almut (Canon)
on Jun 01, 2009 at 19:56 UTC ( #767358=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to If I wasn't a Programmer, what I'd like to do is...


  • Photographer
  • Musician/composer
  • Mountain guide
  • Cook

At least, those jobs would be related to activities I enjoy doing in my spare time these days. 

OTOH, I'm not sure it would be a good idea, because every time I tried to "go professional" with one of my hobbies, it was the end of it, kind of...

For example

  • I studied electrical engineering/electronics, mainly because I had been doing this as a hobby for many years before (in quite a geeky fashion actually, ever since I had been a little girl — much to the bewilderment of my environment...). But then I somehow suddenly lost all interest — even before having finished my degree. And I haven't touched the field ever since.
  • So I studied psychology (something I'd always been interested in), and even worked in the field (i.e. scientific research) for some time. But then I got more interested in doing programming full time — which I already had been doing quite a lot to get my psych. experiments carried out, data evaluated, reports written, etc.
  • So I switched again, and became a programmer/software engineer — which is what I'm doing for over a decade now.  Still doing it (in part because there is Perl), but who knows...  (yes, I still do like hacking in my spare time, too, but it's no longer the same thrill it once was).

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