I learned how to type fairly young.
I took various typing courses during my (misspent) youth.
First, during Summer Enrichment Program, I took typing.
Then my mom sent me to Bay City Business College for a course on typing.
Then more Summer Enrichment Program.
And finally, more typing my Senior year of high school.
The only typewriter we had at home was ancient, and it really served to build up my finger strength.
Unfortunately, when you are used to hitting the keys that hard, when you switch to an electric typewriter, you get more mistakes because hitting a key that hard would often make it “stutter” or repeat.
But typing sure came in handy; and I urge all young ‘uns to learn how.
I have always had good handwriting, so legibility was never an issue; but once you know how, you can type a lot faster than you can write – making school work a lot easier to churn out.
My first office job was because I was a great typist.
Apparently the prospective employer (who later shared this info with me) was not impressed by my burgundy and white dotted jumpsuit and platform shoes (give me a break, it was the 70s and clearly, my concept of office attire was misplaced); but once he heard my fingers tippy-tappy quickly over those typewriter keys, I was hired!
Bye-bye retail jobs!
Also – learn how to use the 10-key by touch.
My mom taught me this one – sit down with a telephone book, and add up the phone numbers on a page (any page). By the time you get the same answer twice, you’ll be a whiz at using a 10-key calculator pad by touch.
That is what made my second office job offer to co-sign a car loan to keep me as their employee.
Two simple skills that can make you the wunderkind in the office.
And I assure you working in an office is always preferable to working at anything that puts you in contact with the general public.
And each upgrade in the technology, I spent as much time as I could learning what it could do – then building on my existing knowledge to add new skills.
(I don’t understand people who work on computers and don’t “play” with those programs. I have learned so much doing personal stuff on the computer, using “work” programs – and then transferring that knowledge to make work easier.)
Oh, and while you’re at it – learn how to spell and learn your basic grammar.
And a little basic math and algebra doesn’t hurt either.
You realize that this means that I have based my whole “career” (such as it is) on what they taught me in high school!
I actually use most of that crap.
Who’d have thought?