Secretaries - Then and Now?

In your opinion, what is the difference between a secretary who qualified with a Private Secretarial Diploma (or any RSA qualification) in the 1970s and now? Do secretaries (or PAs or Executive Assistants) still take shorthand dictation from their boss/es? Is shorthand still taught in secretarial college (if these still exist)? Does the "Secretary" still exist? Or has it been amalgamated? If you are in this field, what do you call yourself? I was just wondering ... I qualified in 1973 and still work as a PA but the job has changed so much I think you agree? I suppose that now many people can type of sorts due to the popularity of the PC. I had to learn using a "sit up and beg" manual typewriter with no letters on the keys - it was called touch typing!!!

Asked By: kaznaid - 10/9/2009
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I'm a legal secretary/receptionist. I dont have to take shorthand dictation, and in the 3 years i have been in this field or work, i havent ever had to do it... More
Answered By: SugarPlumFairy - 10/9/2009
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Man and machine !
Answered By: krk - 10/9/2009
I was basically a Secretary at my last job. But like since I wasn't even born in the 70s I can't tell you if it's changed. I basically just did whatever the Doctor told me to do. (I worked at a vet clinic).
Answered By: Aemee - 10/9/2009
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