While I earned my living in IT for 40 years, I more or less fell into it accidentally. My first job with my B.A. in Zoology was as a research tech at Harvard Medical School. My to-be-boss had said at introduction time "In this job we give you enough rope to hang yourself."
The lab had an IBM 1620 and we were invited to learn programming at lunch times. My response: Sure, why not?! Writing the Fortran programs to do the statistical analysis of the raw raw collected at the bench became another duty.
When I returned to work after my maternity leave, it was as a single mother: we had divorced by mutual agreement and his child support dried up soon. The new lab did not have a computer. Looking at want ads, programmers were being offered far more money than lab techs, so I shopped myself as a programmer, and the rest, as they say, is history. I was successful, learned many transferable skills.
Articles and books on biology, psychology, medicine, and psychology continue to grab my attention. I would use these to foster discussions with students, somewhat after Socratic methodologies. I would, of course, follow a required syllabus for a course, but would freely discuss its pros and cons.
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