Administrative assistants are clerical workers who maintain and organise the day-to-day running and structure of a business. Their duties include:
Create, maintain and take responsibility for filing systems
Answer and make phone calls
Set up staff meetings
Greet visitors and guests
Fill out forms
Order office supplies or food
In this position, it’s vital to have a happy, positive attitude. As your day will be filled with organisational tasks and scheduling other people, it’s likely you’ll be interacting with others almost constantly. Interpersonal skills are extremely important, as is the ability to remain calm in the face of adversity, stubbornness and stress.
These roles generally don’t require an education beyond the completion of secondary schooling. For those looking to make this area their full-time profession, they should undertake courses in touch-typing, how to use the suite of appliances available on both Windows and Mac computers.