Many older workers must learn their jobs all over again when computer-based technologies come into the workplace. Others who have lost their employment must improve their computer know-how to get another position.

Studies show that no one is too old to learn how to run a computer, but some people are afraid of the new technology, mainly if they don’t have an interest or aptitudes in math or science.

But you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to learn a computer program. Working on a computer is a lot like operating a car. Chances are you’re not a mechanic, but you still know how to drive. Similarly, you don’t have to be a computer whiz to work on a computer.

What you need to know are the rules of the computer “road”: how to use a keyboard, how to find your way through a computer menu, how to make the software program work for you. These skills aren’t hard to learn; they’re just different from the skills you may have acquired in the past.

And it helps to be positive and remember that computers have a lot of advantages over cars. If you drive along the information superhighway, it’ll be the safest trip you’ll ever take!

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