Lunch and Learn with Lindsay – Issue 43: 10 things to be grateful for as a 21st century PA: Part 1

I wrote a blog post back in 2017 with this title ⬆⬆⬆ and I have decided to “resurrect it” one “thing” at a time over the next few #LunchNLearnWithLindsay issues. I hope that my normal down-to-earth, say-it-as-it-is writing-style keeps you engaged and amused!

(I also hope there are readers here who learned to type on “clicky-clacky typewriters” so I don’t feel quite so “mature” in my memories of this profession as I share “the first thing”).

The First Thing :  Laptops and Computers

Well, actually what I really mean here is a nice soft “tippy, tappy” cushioned keyboard.

You see, I learned to type on one of those “clicky-clacky” old fashioned typewriters (how old do I feel typing that!).  At the end of  Miss Simms’ touch-typing class,  with lots of “aaaaa” and “;;;” ‘s my little fingers were throbbing and sore.

And, during my secretarial training, whilst I adored my placement at a 16th century building of a family solicitors in Oxford St Giles and the camaraderie between the legal secretaries,   there was an audible groan from all of us when the wrong “key” was hit and we had to start again with feeding in paper and carbon copies……

Accuracy was the only key.
No backspacing.
No saving documents and amending later.
This was it.
Live. (Tippex and/or a pile of carbon sheets at the ready).
Last week, my  “a” key came loose on my laptop keyboard (absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I am  programmed, thank you  Miss Simms, to hit the “a” key as hard as I can with my little finger to produce a well-inked response – honestly!). 

I was intrigued to notice that it was resting on its own little “cushion”.  I could write an ode to that little cushion.

Cushioned keyboards.

Please –  as 21st century PAs, EAs and Business Professionals – be grateful for your laptops and computers wtih “tippy tappy” little-cushioned, soft keyboards! I know I am!


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The Seventh Thing : Specialist Recruitment Agencies

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