I remember the day my sister decided to purchase our first computer, postponing the dream of a used car. It was this expensive back in 98. I was 9, lived in a small town in Minas Gerais state and I fell in love for that machine, charmed by the idea that I could "be in all libraries around the world". Since I was a kid was interested by computers. On IRC I participated in channels related to things interesting to a kid and used to avail to learn programming. I created websites, channels and games (using RPG Maker, do you remember?).
Here in Brazil after high school you have first to decide which course you will graduate. It's not like in the U.S. where you join a university and can apply to different classes from different courses. I did not face this dilema most adolescents in Brazil face of deciding at age 17 what they will do for the rest of their lives. Computer was a natural path to me. While I studied Computer Science I got my first job in the field at age 18, leaving by side the time I used to help my father in his restaurant and his friends grocery stores and sweet shops. With the spare time I used to create websites to sell.
Once I graduated I'd got a job as programmer in my own college. On this very time I started my post graduation. Currently living in Brazil's capital, I teach people who never programmed through my online course (in portuguese) and help companies to solve their problems related to information using software.
I always look to keep up-to-date. I don't believe in certificates as an end, but as a mean. I'm a ITIL 2011, CobiT 4.1 Certified Scrum Master professional. I've been a PHP programmer for 9 years and a Python programmer for the last 3.
If you are interested in development technology, these are the ones I work: