Did you want to be a web designer when you were a kid?4:34 with Treehouse
This question comes from Ryan Allen in the Treehouse Facebook group, "What did you want to be when you grow up, when you were a kid? Did any of you start college or career paths that were totally different from web/technology or were you always computer geeks?"
[treehouse, Teacher Q&A] 0:00 [When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?] 0:05 [answer by Nick Pettit] 0:07 Growing up, I was always into computers 0:09 in parallel with whatever else I was interested in at the time. 0:11 When I first started college, I wanted to be a filmmaker, 0:15 so I was in Cinema Studies 0:19 for about a year, or maybe it was just a semester. 0:23 After a while, I just kind of realized that 0:28 I didn't want to do the whole LA thing, 0:30 and I didn't want to risk struggling for a number of years. 0:33 At the same time, I felt like the web was more well suited to my interests. 0:38 I was really interested in the interactivity 0:43 and just how young of a medium it was and still is 0:46 and just how much exploration there is to be done. 0:51 [answer by Jason Siefer] 0:56 When I was a child, I wanted to be an astronaut. 0:58 That did not really work out. 1:01 But I never really pursued that 1:03 after about 6 years old--never really pursued that. 1:06 When I went to college, 1:12 I actually did not go to college for programming 1:15 or for computer science, as they call it in the official degree. 1:18 I ended up going for psychology. 1:21 Then after working in customer service for five years, 1:24 I decided I no longer wanted to help people, 1:27 so I took up development. 1:31 But I had actually always been a closet geek. 1:35 I was programming since I was really, really young. 1:37 [answer by Amit Bijlani] 1:40 Interesting question. 1:42 I wanted to be a fighter pilot when I was a kid, 1:44 and that, of course, didn't pan out. 1:46 I mean, I'm here. 1:48 What's the rest of the question? 1:51 [off-camera speaker] Did you start with a different career path, 1:54 or were you always a computer geek? 1:56 I actually was--yeah--I started coding when I was 12, 1:58 so, yeah, technically I was always a computer geek. 2:01 Mid career I had 2:04 I guess a career mid-life crisis 2:08 where I wanted to change paths, 2:10 but thankfully I stuck with it, and I'm still doing this, 2:13 and I'm loving it even more. 2:16 [answer by Mat Helme] 2:18 I've been doing art basically my whole life--artistic stuff-- 2:20 fine arts, painting, drawing, air brushing, 2:22 a lot of street art stuff-- 2:28 but I never pursued it initially 2:31 when I went to school--to college-- 2:34 because everybody told me to do that, 2:36 and I wasn't the type of person to do that. 2:39 I actually went to school for athletic fitness for two years, 2:42 and then I realized that I needed to be in the art industry 2:45 and switched over to graphic design, 2:48 which then led to web design. 2:51 I actually didn't know how to use Microsoft Word 2:54 until my second year in college, like proficiently. 2:57 [answer by Jim Hoskins] 3:01 When I was much younger, probably architecture or designing things. 3:03 I was always a builder, 3:07 really using whatever tools or materials 3:09 were around me, 3:12 including Lego and cardboard 3:14 and tape and scissors. 3:17 I was always building things and sort of thought 3:19 designing and building houses seemed cool--when I was much, much younger. 3:22 Then I discovered computers. 3:25 It's a medium where the materials are all free, 3:27 and I was like, all you really need is knowledge and that computer 3:30 and you can make almost anything. 3:34 So that was really appealing to me and when I got into computers. 3:37 I went to school for computer science, which was interesting, 3:39 but it's not teaching you web design or web development, 3:42 but it's giving you some foundations that are helpful 3:45 in the career of development and definitely intellectually interesting. 3:48 [answer by Allison Grayce] 3:51 I was always a computer geek, I think. 3:53 Since my dad was a programmer and my mom was a graphic designer, 3:55 I kind of just always had this software and technology 3:58 readily available for me. 4:02 I think it was when I was 15 years old, 4:04 I would procrastinate all my homework 4:07 to do web design. 4:10 So I think when they were like, "What do you want to do for college?" 4:13 and I was like-- 4:16 They suggested that I take web design as a career path. 4:18 I was like, "You can get paid for that?" 4:21 So I think that's really when the light bulb went off 4:23 and I decided that that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. 4:25 [treehouse] 4:28
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