How to get out of Admin, Secretarial, Clerk, and Office Support Jobs?

Originally I began a position at a large corporation in IT. Then this corporation was acquired by another large corporation. About 1 year passed, and they decided to outsource their IT operations to a technical contractor. Hence, I could no longer work in IT. Since this ocurred they moved me into an administrative office support role. I am glad and grateful to still have a job with the corporation, and work hard every day. My day to day duties consist of running errands, stocking shelves, taking inventory of supplies, doing binding and print production jobs, helping with catering for meetings, cleaning and organizing offices, moving furniture, filling in for the receptionist, and many other office assistant related duties. Again, I am grateful for the opportunity, and the job I have but I don't see myself doing this forever. I have a bachelors degree in business, and graduate certificates in IT, and Information Systems. It seems like my skills are not really being utilized, and are actually degrading. I don't want to be a CEO, or a Vice President, or a Senior Analyst. I just want something more specialized and consistent with my education. This corporation specializes in HR consulting, Healthcare Consulting, Benefits Consulting, Retirement Consulting, Risk Management, etc. They are more of a professional services organization. I expressed some interest in Human Resources at this company, and have decided to pursue some graduate study in Human Resources. I was told that I have to work in this entry-level area of support for a while before I could be considered for some advancement out of office support. To a degree managment only sees me as more of an office-support person then somebody who could move into something more specialized. How does one, or how can one move out of these office-support roles? Should I continue my graduate studies, get more skills, keep learning more as a means to advance? Should I just wait it out at this company, or look for other external opportunities elsewhere?

Asked By: - 9/30/2012
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First enroll yourself in HR certificate program so that employers know you are serious. Even if you finished the program you still have to do similar stuff as what you are doing now like filing etc since start as HR Clerk or Assistant. Don't expect you can start interviewing or screening out ppl. I was in the same boat... More
Answered By: Smiles - 10/2/2012
Additional Answers (3)
They're stringing you along; look for a job elsewhere.
Answered By: katie2008 - 10/1/2012
Yuo shoudl pursue other oppurtunities.
Answered By: RAFIQA - 10/1/2012
Jake, I am kind of in the same boat as you. My skills aren't being utilized. I've been with the company I work for for 16 years now. Things have changed with time and I'm not happy... More
Answered By: Nancy - 10/2/2012
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