I have worked in the business world for 39 years. I worked for 29 years at Hammermill Paper Co. I was then hired at Leland Electrosystems where I ran the Personnel Office in Erie, PA. A lot of my responsibilities was to take notes in Labor/Management meetings, which sometimes ran for days. Then, I had the honor of transcribing many pages of discussion between the groups. Since my shorthand was a bit rusty from non-use, I had to develop my own style of shorthand. The President of the company was always very anxious for the transcription, but he always praised me for the great job I had done. When I left Leland, I was typing 88-92 words per minute.
In any job that I worked, typing was always a requirement. I always loved when I had piles of typing to get through because it made me feel productive.