I can see everything in this article happening, but only imagine what it is like. Here is my first experience in the '80s.

Our company held team interviews for computer programmers. Four team members conducted a pleasant conversation with the young lady. We used technology she had no experience with. I, the older guy, looked over my reading glasses while asking questions from a list. She got the job, then discovered that I did all training.

A couple weeks later, she said that I wasn’t anything like she expected.

Me: “Why did you leave your last job after 2 months?

Her: “They hired me for my expertise in X language for a project.”

Her: “They put me in a room to read manuals. After a couple weeks, I asked when I would start on that project.”

Them: “Oh, we cancelled that project months ago.”

Her: “I was hired to increase their female and black employee percentages. (important in the ‘80s)”

Me: “I didn’t recommend you for those reasons. You are smart, can learn on your own, and I don’t need to send you to a bunch of classes.”

Looking back, I thought I sounded kind of gruff, but maybe it was a wonderful complement. I'm curious if anybody wants to respond.

I treated her just like everyone else. She always seemed excited about her projects.

Always remember, the computers don’t know what color you are, what your gender is, or your age. They just do what they are told.

I always used this technique:


William “Bill” Myers, Analyzes all, Programmer, retired. If you learn anything new, find enjoyment, have a new thought, then I’m successful. Photo: 1st article

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