My first full-time job was as an accounting assistant at a small wholesale beverage company in the South Korean village in which I was raised. As a high school student I took classes on how to use an abacus. At that time, calculators weren’t readily available to most Koreans and my proficiency in its use enabled me to get this job. The commute, about an hour-long walk, and 12-hour days were a challenge, but I was happy to be working with two former classmates from the same all-girl’s high school that I attended.

In addition to honing my abacus skills, I was exposed to the importance of record keeping and monitoring cash flow in shaping and organizing one’s business. I also learned how to work with other people in a business setting.

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