I got hired as an intelligence analyst based, I think, on that one connection between me and the company owner. I had a lot of the skills they needed as an analyst, but I wasn’t a programmer. But we connected on gaming and it got me a job as a contractor for a while.
It also has made me a good lecturer at the university, because I know how to tell a story, do it extemporaneously and with energy. I have no issues with people cutting in to ask questions or make observations; it’s part of the game. I think it helped make me very good at what I do. To a lesser extent, it helped me be a good writer (which circuitously, got me my first RPG writing gig with Heresy in 2001, after John Tuckey had read my novel, Cawnpore.)