Becoming a Secretary or Personal Assistant ...
There are no minimum requirements to become a secretary. There are opportunities to enter this career with qualifications at all levels, up to graduate and postgraduate. In general, secretaries with higher qualifications are likely to have more challenging jobs with greater responsibility and opportunities for promotion.
School leavers are normally expected to have at least some form of qualification. A subject such as business studies, which can demonstrate office skills, may be useful but is not essential. A certificate in business, administration and finance may be relevant for this area of work.
Many school leavers take a full-time secretarial or business administration course before applying for work. Many qualifications at all levels are available from a number of different awarding bodies. Study options include full- and part-time courses including, for example, NVQ Levels 1 to 4 in business and administration, plus short intensive and distance-learning courses. Entry requirements range from no formal qualifications to A levels. Courses are available at many colleges throughout the country.
Employers look for good personal qualities, particularly good communication skills and the ability to get on well with others.
Knowledge of another language could be useful, particularly for those working for international organisations.
It is also possible to study specialised courses to become a legal or medical secretary.
Previous relevant experience may be an advantage for some posts. Adults who have been out of the job market for a time may find it helpful to update their office skills.
Secretaries work in all kinds of organisations, from those with very few staff to large multinational companies. Employers include central and local government, and a broad spectrum of organisations in the public and private sectors, including those in retail, manufacturing, transport, finance, property, broadcasting, tourism, education, healthcare and hospitality.
Vacancies are advertised in local and national newspapers. They are also advertised through recruitment agencies and on websites. Local authorities and other large organisations, like health authorities, often have their own vacancy bulletins which can be found on their individual websites.
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