I started out in a company that sold office stationery and furniture, I was in the furniture side doing stock control and warehousing when the company started to go belly up. In stead of laying me off I transfered (albut involuntary as I was allowed to go home at 16:00 each day after a start at 9:00) to the copier side of the business (which the owner had the sense to opperate as a seperate company as the furniture side went totally tits up not long after I left).
At the time my current boss had also more or less just taken on his roll as service manager/director so we practically rebuilt the service side of the business with me doing the stock control. I got into the actual hands on side because we had a GP405 that had to be refurbed to go back out and there was no one else available to do the work. So with screwdriver in one hand and parts catalogue in the other I stripped it down cleaned it out, and rebuilt it.
The rest is history and I have to say even though I don't like some of the customers I do still really enjoy the job.