I've spent my first 8 years in the computer industry while I was in school (high school/college). I took the time to develop my general hardware/software skillset. After college, I worked at a locally owned all-in-one (sales, service, support, etc) computer shop for about 6 months. I followed that up with 5 years as a Test Eningeer at Dell. Thanks to the encouragement and interest of several friends and family and other contacts, I am now starting my own business as a computer consultant.