I have had several careers - I was a Seattle bike messenger while I got my undergrad, then worked special ed while I got a masters in teaching, then taught in public and private schools. Now I'm running a business, making art and working on my dissertation, focusing on how we would organize math education for the next century.
I ask everyone 'what do you make?' - this is a better choice than 'what do you do?' - it speaks to the heart of their growth and interest in the world. Let's make some things!