How I arrived at my present job (academic and other influences): I majored in computer science in college. I took several classes in psychology and became interested in computational models of cognition. That led naturally to an interest in artificial intelligence. I went to graduate school to get a Ph.D. in computer science, thinking that I would look for a college-level faculty position. When I finished my degree, I was a bit burned out on the academic environment, and couldn't see working the kind of hours I thought it would take to get tenure. On top of that, there were very few academic jobs available. I heard about a research position in the applied AI group at SRI, and it sounded perfect. I sent them e-mail, had an interview two weeks later, and had an offer the week after that. I never even interviewed anywhere else. I've been here for 8 years, and have really enjoyed it, though I've decided to go back into academia in the near future.
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