I am currently a professor at a Christian college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Last week I attended a local workshop under the broad subject of teaching and advising. The speaker (name supplied on request) spoke about vocation. Vocation, at least in Lutheran circles, deals with a calling into service. This service could be in the secular world.
As I recall it, she said that students struggle with how they relate to, and implement, the concept of vocation. This makes sense, as students 18-22 have difficulty in choosing a major, let alone a post-graduation career path. She also said that some students might find it helpful if professors were to share how they became academics.
So, today, I share how I became a professor. Make what use of it as you will.