I (Eliza) have a background in software engineering. I first learned to program in high school after job shadowing at a local startup (Sitemason).
Prior to that point, I'd been encouraged to enter a career in writing. I did quite well at writing with a perfect score on the verbal SAT (for what that's worth). It was a bit of shock when I decided to go to engineering school instead!
I majored in Software Engineering with a double major in Computer Science. I did a number of internships with both small (startups) and large corporations (IBM), in the hopes of finding a type of company that I would fit in with. Alas, it was not to be.
After a few years of job-hopping after college, I finally realized that being an employee just wasn't for me. And I'm sure glad I did!
It's been nearly three years now and I can't imagine doing anything but growing my own business. Running my own company gives me the opportunity to write software the way I think it should be (high quality!) and treat customers the way I think they should be treated (with honesty!).
I can confidently say that this is the business for me.
I play well with others and I love meeting and working with new people. Nothing gives me more pleasure than learning something new from someone new.
P.S. If you're interested, a list of my life skills can be found here.