If you are fresh out of school and in search of your first real job, the admin field may provide a few great job possibilities. Every year thousands of companies place ads in search of well-rounded candidates to fill admin roles. While your lack of working experience may be a disadvantage, this does not disqualify from getting the position immediately.
Business colleges and certain universities offer many short courses that could give you a fighting chance at landing one of the many admin jobs out there, even with limited to no experience.
Most positions, from customer care to being a bank teller will require you to be efficient in Microsoft office. Many colleges and high schools offer courses in the Microsoft Office package and provide a certificate on completion of the course. Computer literacy is taught at as a subject at most schools and form part of a more career-based curriculum. If you did not have computer literacy as a subject on school, a Microsoft Office certificate would be a great place to start.
If you end up in an admin position, chances are that you will spend a huge part of your day typing. Sending emails and typing out certain documents are only two of the functions you might fill while in this position. Many companies require their admin staff to be able to type up to thirty five words per minute. While many business colleges offer this as a course, there are as many good online options you could consider.
Your course won’t mean much if you don’t put your skill to use. Practice on your own to improve your typing speed.
If you are planning on working in the admin field, Pastel may be one of the most valuable courses to complete. There are a huge number of admin jobs in Cape Town and other business hubs today, and many of these would require you to have some knowledge and experience where Pastel is concerned.
Secretaries and office managers are responsible for working out and paying staff wages. The University of Cape Town offers a really good online course through their Get Smarter programme in payroll and tax administration. This will definitely put you ahead of the curve when applying for an admin position.
Admin branches out into many different roles and reception is one of them. As part of an admin team you may be required to spend time being on the switchboard and dealing with front of office duties. Although most companies should provide you with the necessary training should you have to take on switchboard duty, College SA has a great certificate via distance learning you could take a look at as well.