I always liked puzzles and problem-solving. When I laid my hands on an early personal computer, I knew that I had found something that I loved. That first computer was a TRS-80 that used a cassette tape player to store programs. That is probably an idea that most kids today can't even start to understand. It was a couple years later before I finally had the first computer that I owned. It was an Apple IIe that I still have today.
Those first experiences with computers influenced my decisions on what I wanted to do with my life. So, when it came time to pick a college, the reason for my choice was practical -- a girl. Fortunately, my high school sweetheart was smart enough to go to Duke University. While that relationship didn't last, my love for computers remains. I even had the good fortune to work for a while for Steve Jobs, giving me a direct connection to the guy who helped change the world, and my life, with that Apple computer.
So, imagine my surprise and delight when I finally went through the final version of the assessment we built into C'reer and among my recommended careers was computer programming AND the three schools that it recommended were, in order, Duke where I received my undergrad in electrical engineering and computer science, Wake Forest where I received my MBA and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill which was my "safety" school for undergrad.
The tagline for C'reer is "Find Your Way" so while "my way" luckily fell into place despite some less-than-practical reasoning, something like C'reer could have helped me find that way for the right reasons.