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  1. Jo
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    I’ll have a proper look at this lately, but I just wanted to throw in that I really saw a similar thing while attending my sister’s graduation from high school the other night. They read out each student’s career aspirations, and I was struck by how many of the girls wanted to work in childcare and nursing professions, and how many of the boys wanted to work in IT, science and business. So frustrating!

  2. Tom
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    When I went back to university, on a course that placed a premium on computer skills, I was amazed both by the number of people who couldn’t type at all, and the fact that the overwhelming majority were female. And it transpired that they’d all been told in their teens that they shouldn’t learn to type if they didn’t want to be pigeonholed as only good for secretarial work.

  3. tigtog
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    My mum did a touch typing course at TAFE when I was in high school, and I decided to use her books to learn as well, for the specific purpose of being able to type my own essays in university! Those typing skills did help me get a part-time clerical job at a merchant bank which helped me pay for uni, but I’m sure that it did also hold me back from getting a chance at doing some of the trading desk support work there.

    When applying for later positions, I have not mentioned my touch-typing because of exactly that pigeonholing Tom mentions.

    Being able to touch-type has been a huge boon as a blogger and writer and coder generally though.

  4. orlando
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    Director Gillian Armstrong has spoken of how, upon graduating from the Australian Film and Television School in the 70s, everyone wrote to the ABC, which was what you did to find starting-out work back then, and all the guys were offered entry-level tech jobs in the camera and sound departments, while she got a reply asking for her typing speed.

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