As an adult, I attended two difference schools to learn graphic design, computer animation, and audio production and have used what I've learned to compliment my experience in programming to be able to have a more well-rounded skill set for web design. Career-wise, I attended the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center in Everett and gained two Boeing-endorsed certifications in Aerospace Manufacturing and Mechanics. I was hired by an Aerospace Subcontractor on the same day that I graduated from the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center and worked for them for two years.
After leaving the subcontractor, I worked as a literacy tutor in several Seattle elementary schools helping at-risk youth who struggled with Math and English comprehension.
In recent years, I have worked for myself applying my interests in programming and graphics design, as well as the manufacturing principles and skills I gained while working in Aerospace to do everything from repairing smartphones, tablets and computers, to 3D printing replacement parts for appliances, repairing damaged wiring in cars and home entertainment systems, fixing laser malfunctions in Playstation game systems, and helping people troubleshoot and fix various internet problems over video calls via smartphone when I could not be physically present.
I enjoy doing the things that I do, I enjoy learning in the process, and I enjoy sharing these skills with others so it has always been difficult to assign a monetary value to these services when they are rendered. To be able to participate in a community based around a novel economic idea, and to exchange these skills for the skills of others which I do not personally possess is an exciting prospect.