I took a yearlong secretarial program in 1984-85 in Nova Scotia (where I'm from and was living). At that time, we learned to type on electric typewriters. We had two days (yes, whole two days!) of computer training. I didn't have a clue what I was doing but wasn't concerned about it since computers weren't here to stay anyway, right? Ironically 20 years later, I'd be
making a living teaching Microsoft programs (Excel, etc.) for a living.
Anyway, I got a job right away with a company in their accounts payable department. I used a computer with some kind of basic accounting program that I just had to input numbers into.
When I moved to Toronto, my resume said I had computer experience. Well, I did ... kinda. Luckily the company I got a job with was implementing Word Perfect throughout their firm and was providing everyone with extensive training on how to use it. Whoohoo!
In the early 1990s, I bought a 486 computer. I didn't have the cash for it so had to go to the bank to get a loan. My loan was about $4500! That got me the computer with two floppy drives and a monitor. It didn't include a printer. When I needed to print something, I would put it on a floppy disk and take it to work. There was no mouse either ... back then you needed to know how to use control key/combinations to do stuff. And it was so big!
I bought my laptop last year ... it was less than $700 with taxes included. Crazy how technology has changed.
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