I have wanted to be a librarian ever since the 4th grade (in the 1960's - that's as detailed as I'll get), when I volunteered in the school library and got my hands all tied up with that terrible book mending tape. Then I learned that you FIRST had to flour your hands. I fully intended to be involved in one of the more traditional library fields, in a school or public library. That's primarily because I didn't know that businesses, organizations and government entities, to name a few, all employed librarians (I was still trying to get unstuck from that tape.)
Two things changed my direction; I went to a state college for my Bachelor's and had to take a dual BSEd; therefore I had to student teach in a library, and then in my minor, German. I had a very uninspiring, unmotivated mentor during my library practice; the students, in this very nice school used to put eggs in the books because they disliked the librarian so much - I got along better with the students than he did. Still my first job after I graduated with my Bachelors was in a small public library - as a CATALOGUER! I'm sorry, but that is not high on my list of the things I love, like, or can even tolerate ever day as a librarian - I know there are many that enjoy the order and creativity, but not me.
When I went for my Masters about 2 years later, I was fortunate enough to be able to get a coveted slot in the two new online searching courses offered at Drexel during one summer term. I was enchanted and entranced, even with the 300 Baud modems, the daisy-wheel printers, and the complete stop of all activity at 12 noon (on the East Coast) when the California subscribers logged in to Dialog; the "halt" lasted a good 15 minutes!
Anyway, I knew that research, using new technology, and newer technologies, sources and collaborative opportunities was my future in this field. Being knowledgeable, skilled and able to adapt my experiences to new fields was my ticket to a career in information. I've been fortunate to work in many businesses and organizations, including: a government contractor supplying information to the public on renewable energies, a pharmaceutical company, and independent information brokerage, a newspaper, a management consulting company and a non-profit consumer organization.
Yet....yet....the librarian is still in me. One year, due to a move, I became the librarian for a K-8 private school that needed to build its collection as well as the library skills of its students. I spent nearly $25,000 on new books (and read a LOT of great books - that was the year "Holes" was published - I love YA lit), developed a library skills curriculum, taught 15 classes a week and had at least 6 story session per week as well. Once you've got that librarian in your blood and your body moves, it never leaves....