I preface everything in this series with a giant "your mileage will vary". I attribute much of my journey here to dumb luck and fortuitous timing. The path I took to was much less of a career trajectory, and much more a series of career ricochets. Seriously, I took part in the #firstsevenjobs hashtag a while back and it looked like I had just listed off professions in alphabetical order. As such, I'll try to distill my aimless wandering into helpful nuggets of information. I'll gloss over the details of what I did, and instead try to focus on why it worked. Without further ado, here's the first part of this new series.