Honey can you type? Technology changes skills required

Mass. Moves to Require Technology Competence for Lawyers ยท Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

“Honey, can you type?”


1967
When I was in high school, “Honey, can you type?” was a question that girls of all ages were asked in interviews.

1980
After a 10-year break between my 7th and 8th semesters of college, one of my classmates was insulted when she was asked “Honey, can you type?”

1990
One of my headhunter clients bemoaned the fact that he couldn’t hire a senior male attorney into his (then) very technologically advanced law firm where everyone had a desktop computer. “The guy needs an infrastructure, and we don’t have secretaries to take dictation.”

2013
Massachusetts opens the door (finally) to requiring technology competence for lawyers.

“Honey can you type?” has morphed from gender-specific to gender-neutral question to a professional competence assumption. Technical skills and office management will never be the same.

******Susan Gainen has created a suite of programs for law students that can be sponsored by student groups, career or alumni offices or deans of students: Alternative Careers, Second Career Law Students, Professionalism, Job Search Skills = Business Development Skills, Job Search Outside of OCI: The Forever Skill (unless you are a Ground-Hog-Day-2L). In addition to 25 years of legal career development activity (headhunter, law school career development, consultant), she is an artist. Her creativity workshops include “Open Your Heart and Close Your Wallet: Watercolor Postcards for Thrifty Travelers,””Watching Paint Dry Can Be Fun: A conversation about creativity,” and “The Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul: Create your cave with gesso.”

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