It all started for me in high school when I took a web design class. I always loved art and had always taken countless art classes so I figured web design would be good for me. I instantly fell in love with web and graphic design. I was creating Myspace templates and Graphics for local bands/restaurants and doing websites for friends on the side. One day while in one of my high school web classes two men walked in the room and the teacher said they were from Ranken Technical College (In St.Louis) and they wanted to talk to the seniors about going to their school. After hearing what they had to offer and I would be done with school after 2 years I instantly knew were I was going to go to college.
While at Ranken I got my Windows XP and Server 2003 Certification, studied VB.net, Java and ASP.net, and also had an internship at Network Solutions as a Web Developer. I can't say enough good things about Ranken and how pleased I am that I chose to go to that school.
While I was in school I made sure I did as much side jobs as I could to build up a portfolio as a Developer. I also started my own freelance web design business: www.roberthammdesigns.com
So here I am now. I work as a "Software Engineer" for Northrop Grumman. The department I work in creates all the software for the US Air Force. The software is used for air refueling missions, cargo drop off and delivery missions, and pretty much used any time a military aircraft goes in the sky. I could not ask for a better job, especially considering this is my first real job!
/end life story and wakes up the people sleeping from it