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If I am changing careers from education to administrative assistant, should I take classes?

It appears that having a Master's in Education means nothing when trying to apply for entry level administrative assistant jobs. Am I going to have to take some office/clerical classes for this position just so I can have something on my resume that is applicable to the position?

Asked By: funkyfree4 - 7/26/2009
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An admin assistant will need an entirely different skill set. Depending on the company it might just be a receptionist job. Others will be expected to be experts in Word and other programs. Try talking to a temp agency and see what they are looking for.
Answered By: shipwreck - 7/26/2009
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There are no particular classes on office work. All you need is knowledge on how to work on a computer and common applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, etc as well as also knowing how to type well. If you actually don't know how to use specific computer programs, you could take classes to learn about Excel more or... More
Answered By: Hire Me 101 - 7/26/2009
 
Admin Ass't is basically a secretary. Pay is abysmal and jobs are scarce. Even specialists like a Legal Secretary now supports 3 - 5 attorneys. One-on-one is gone, which means there are 1/3 as many jobs. Opportunities for advancement are poor, at best, although many paralegals start as Legal Secretaries... More
Answered By: ibu guru - 7/26/2009
 
before you make the switch to admin asst, I would look harder in the education field. if you are willing to relocate or be flexible, you will find a position, keep the faith!
Answered By: HJ Bear - 7/26/2009
 
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