While growing up in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Ursula Burns was in the middle of a technologically slow period. Cell phones, internet, computers, hand held devices were yet to become a hot market, but the advancement in her career also showed the advancement in technology. Although very few computers were around at the time, Burns received her engineer degree in the late 70’s and hit the job market with the XEROX Corporation as an intern in 1980 where she came in with little, but some experience in computers and technology use. While studying engineering in the late 70’s, her college Polytechnic was just breaking through into the software age where she was given the chance to work with mechanical research projects involved with using computer software. At the time, computer software was a mere typing and reading sense, but as she headed into the real world, technology blossomed in front of her eyes.

In the late 80’s Burns was using copy machines, fax machines, computers, and many more electronic work related items that eventually led her to what is known today as the “electronic era.” Now in the 21st century our job market is filled with cell phones, hand held devices, ipods, and wireless internet all being transferred over through laptops and desk top computers. As we have seen, the technology era has made a massive improvement and not only has it helped our job market, it has helped the employees inside of the job market. From making copies, to contacting co-workers over seas, the technology in today’s society has made our career opportunities sky rocket, and with a company like XEROX, Ursula M. Burns has seen the whole advancement explode in front of her eyes.


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