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Friday, December 05, 2008

You Wanted Me to Type How Fast?

When I was first out of college I applied for entry level jobs and they always said something like "must type 50 wpm +" or "must type 60 wpm +". Of course I could never type that fast at the time and would wonder if the 4 years I spent on college would have been better spent just practicing typing. College doesn't prepare you for an entry level job, it prepares you to be the boss. Anyway, at the time everyone in the world didn't have a computer so the number of people who could type was much less. You'd think that the average typing speed was very low and the standard for your average Joe would also be less. OK, now fast forward a few years to today when everyone and their grandmother has a computer. You can reasonably expect that people on average are faster at typing. So now I play the game "typeracer". I still don't think I'm a fast typer, but according to the game, I type around 54 words per minute. On their scale, I'm somewhere between a "pro" typer and a "megaracer". Megaracer! So all that time when I was applying for those entry level jobs I was expected to be not just a decent typist but an incredible, off-the-scale typist? I'm not sure if I should be happy that I can type that fast now or livid that such an unreasonable expectation was put on me (and scores of other recent graduates) at the time. I can tell you that I was livid at the time since a 4 year education to which I gained (what I thought was) excellent experience amounted to nothing.

By the way, if I didn't go to college, I was offered both a full time radio DJ job (at WRKL) and a job working for the high school in the TV studio. After college .... "How fast can you type"?

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