I should have known that not knowing how to touch-type would impede my job prospects. The first time my lack of touch-typing skills stood between employment and me was when I got a job as a content writer at a small printing company. After nine days of working there, the manager fired me for not writing fast enough. Of course, that was not the official reason. But I figured as much because he had been constantly nagging me about typing with two fingers and taking a long time to write stuff up. At that time, I sided with myself thinking that I wasn’t a typist and that I didn’t need to type like a pro. But now, after failing at quite a few writing tests, I can feel how typing with two fingers can slow me down. At one such typing test, I had to write and edit long-form content (1250 words) in 45 minutes! With my mediocre typing speed of 45 words per minute and having to look at the keyboard each time I typed a key (causing numerous typos onscreen), I proved to be no match for what these employers were expecting.
I did try a few online touch-typing training websites, but I started getting frustrated pretty soon with them. I could not keep up and felt like my muscle memory was too strong to break. And then one day, I stumbled upon a cool website which made so much sense (its keybr.com if you’re wondering what it is). Pretty soon, I was totally into it and learnt all the keys in 14 hours spread over 11 days. Of course, my typing speed is way low than it was before I learnt how to touch type. But I believe a little bit of practice will take me where I need to be. My goal is to achieve a typing speed of at least 70 words per hour. Right now, I have an average typing speed of 31 words per minute.
It is a difficult feat to achieve, but I’m glad I got a start.