I work as a software developer at a small Danish company called novasa. It's good fun.
My first experience with ludumdare was the 8th competition, where I managed to complete "something". But alas, as time has passed, so has all evidence of its existence.
By participating in the ludumdare, I realized that it was totally awesome to create fun things, and it was definitely a big motivator for me when deciding on pursuing a professional career in software/game-development.