By Ed Mendlowitz
Call Me Before You Do Anything: The Art of Accounting
I started my third job one year and seven months after I graduated college. I was hired as a “junior” but felt I was more experienced because I was doing “higher level” work at my previous job.
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The first week at my new job, I was sitting at a long table in the staff room with two other junior accountants, footing 50-page, 10-column schedules and similar work. I mean footing. This was January 1965 and we did not have calculators or adding machines. There was one Monroe calculator in the office, and if you wanted percentages you literally had to wait on line to get a turn using it.