I think many people -- particularly recent grads or people just thinking of getting into a new field -- have many questions relating to what they should do to get into the __blank__ discipline/field. (So, rather than bombard the forum with my own questions, I thought I'd start off with a more open-ended thread on people's own unique experiences. And I'll slowly bombard the forum later...~!)
So, the topic is: Academic and Professional Career Paths.
Tell us about your own academic and professional career experiences. Where did you start off at? What were the different steps and stages that you went through to finally get to where you are now?
What was/(were) the most important decision(s) that you made getting into the profession? High school, university/college degree? The most important event(s)? When did you first/finally decide/realized of getting into your profession? Please feel free to give details and elaborate as required. Just give us some insight to your experiences and the process involved!