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Or this: “Two years ago, when I joined the company, I was flabbergasted to see that my boss was a total loss at operating a personal computer,” recalls a woman employed by a trading house. “He’d always ask one of the older girls to come over to his desk and show him how to perform some function. And he didn’t seem to be able to remember how to do it, so he’d ask her the same thing again a week later.

“He was only in his late 40s, but completely hopeless when it came to using his computer.”

I am in my mid-40s and will be starting a new job for a Japanese company near Detroit, Michigan. If I had said in my interview that I could not use computers, I would not have even gotten a written offer contingent on a background check! I had to prove throughout the interview that I had an interest in procurement and the ability to speak passable Japanese. If I could not use Excel, I would be laughed out out of the MBA program I am attending.

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