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How to Start a Business Career as an Administrative Assistant

Published: July 19, 2017

It’s funny. Everyone dreams of that super important job in the big corner office. But they hardly ever consider all the work that goes into getting there. Do you?

If you have grit and determination, you might be a Charter Type. And there’s no telling where your education could take you. Train to become an Administrative Assistant and you might land yourself a job in business that could grow as you do. Here’s how to get started:

Get training. Employees who already possess the skills and knowledge that companies demand are first in line for good jobs. When it comes to Admin Assistants, that means taking the natural leadership skills you already have and building upon them. You’ll need to learn the fundamentals of business and important subjects like basic accounting, word processing and data entry, report preparation, business law principles, and effective business communication. Once you have the training, you’ll need to…

Get experience. It’s the Catch 22 of trying to build a new career. You can’t get that first job without experience, but you can’t get experience without a job. There is a way. Instead of looking for a big, full time job at a Fortune 500 company, think small. Take your new skills to a small company that needs a bookkeeper or a payroll clerk. If you can’t find full-time, settle for part-time. And if you can’t find a paid gig right off the bat, volunteer your new skillset at your church or community group. All of the above will help you…

Make connections. Networking is a key component to a long-term business career. Whether you serve on the board of the town library or work as a receptionist at a local real estate office, you have lots of opportunities to meet people who already have successful business careers. Find out where they work, and what they do. Always put your best foot forward to make a good impression on people who might be looking to hire. And make sure you’re on LinkedIn! The professional networking site allows you to connect far beyond your own circle of friends and business acquaintances. But remember, if you want to continue to advance in your career, you need to always…

Continue your education. Whether you want to build on a certificate and attain an Associate’s degree or follow the educational ladder all the way up to an MBA, always, always be learning. That may mean taking a course or learning how to use a new software program in your office. It may not even have anything to do with your job at all. Open your mind and you open yourself up to opportunities!

If you’re ready to learn all about a business career, let Charter College help. We have certificate and degree programs, and you can even take class online! Fill out the form and we’ll get in touch with you and answer all your questions.