Not just for secretaries, anymore…

What skills were once thought of as “secretarial work”, are now a requirement for all professions, regardless of position. From receptionist to CEO,  the skills taught in office support programs are applicable to every professional job that requires any type of work on the computer.

Almost all community colleges have an “Administrative Office Professional”, “Executive Assistance”, “Office Professional” and other programs that feature skills around collecting and keeping information. But the internet and social media have changed every job or career you could choose.

How could that be?!

These programs’ material forms foundation of how all businesses and organizations work: 

  • Communication and Customer Service Skills
  • File and Record Organization
  • Reading and Writing Spreadsheets, Word Processing
  • Researching and reporting: writing, presentations, discussion

So, do yourself a favor and make sure you know the essentials.  Read this article or use this worksheet to think about what job skills you have and may not be aware of.

If you haven’t started getting some basics in your current job, most colleges have a short-term credential that can be completed in a term or semester that give you a leg up on your other job applicants.