Back in 1968, three years after I finished an undergrad degree in Sociology, I was working as a credit manager when I met a friend, Bob Maple, who managed a group of programmers at Bendix Corporation, Brake and Steering Division. At the time I had never even seen a computer, but Bob invited me to visit him at work to see their IBM 360.
While I was there, he suggested that I take an aptitude test just for fun. That was a Monday. I spent an hour in an empty cubicle doing the test. On Wednesday evening my phone rang and it was the Bendix HR department asking if I was interested in a programming position. I had been earning $450 per month as a credit manager, and they offered me $650 a month to come and learn Cobol and Mark IV programming.
That position kicked off my 42 year career in IT, and it was all started by a good friendship.
One of the best days of my IT career was they day I told my boss if the problem was so simple he should go fix it himself.