I started as a mainframe programmer and gradually migrated to c/s environment in mid 90's with the intention to become a software developer. In order to make a smooth transition from mainframe programming to software development, I decided to start as a Software QA Engineer and thought I would work my way to be a developer. Because of my programming experience, I was asked to be a part of test automation which gave me an opportunity to write code. As I learned more about the world of test automation and QA, I realized that this is what I want to do and I have been doing software QA ever since in various capacities, such as tester, test lead, automation engineer, automation lead and coordinator for offshore test teams. Occasionally, I do share my experience (some are more painful than others) with the QA community hoping that others may benefit from it. But ,on a serious note, I would love to travel around the world and taste the local delicacies and if I could get paid for doing this (like that dude on Food Network), it would be awesome!