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