In my last job, my colleagues were quite curious about my career, how did I get to that position in my 40 years of working? If you are interested, I will recap what I told them.
1A Starting OutIn my late teens, I realized that I was more practice than theory driven, so I got an electrical engineering degree in 1979. Like my peers, I thought the ideal job would be designing something, so I took a job that seemed to involve design for the space shuttle. After 3 weeks backpacking around Europe before starting work, I found out that they did not need people in space shuttle design so I ended up working on magnetic anomaly detectors for anti submarine warfare. First career lesson learned: jobs are rarely what you thought after the interviews.
Moving around in my company, CAE Electronics, I gained 3 years experience in design, test, managing people, and drinking after work. But I was ambitious, so off to do my MBA at University of Toronto.