Have you heard the story about the secretary who wound up running the company? That may not happen to you, but a career as an administrative assistant could still be rewarding. And you could get started on your career path right now. Here’s what you should look for in your Administrative Assistant Program:
New Knowledge: Your program should teach you all about how modern offices run. From the fundamentals of business to more sophisticated concepts about finance and strategic planning, the more you learn, the more skills you’ll be able to bring to a new job. Make sure your program includes plenty of technical instruction. Look for heavy emphasis on Microsoft training. Every successful business today uses computers and software, and Microsoft remains one of the most important players in the industry.
Caring Instructors: Have you ever had a really great teacher? They probably made you want to work hard and succeed. Likewise, you’re more likely to do well in your Administrative Assistant Program when the instructors know about business and are also good teachers. At Career Quest Learning Centers, our instructors are dedicated professionals who really care about the success of their students in—and out—of class. They look at the big picture and want to help you do well in your program so you can build a good career and a better life.
Professional Polish: Qualified instructors, who teach you important business concepts, are only part of a great program. You’ll also want to learn the soft skills that will help you stand out from the competition. Good communication and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, are among the top skills hiring managers look for. Other softs skills you’ll want to hone in your program are time management, a fine attention to detail, and consistent follow-through.
Real World Experience: If you’ve ever taken a look at job postings online, you’ll notice most companies want employees with experience. But how do you get that experience if you’re just starting out? Find an Administrative Assistant Program that offers externship opportunities. This way you’ll get real world experience, but under the supervision of trained professionals. You’ll gain firsthand knowledge about jobs that might be available to you. You’ll also get to watch professionals in action. Could you picture yourself there?
Career Advice: Once you’ve completed your program, now what? A good program will have a Career Services Department that can give you sound advice on how to leverage your new training. They should help with resumes and cover letters, and also show you how to find job openings and do well on interviews. Do they offer tips on professional dress or teach you how to network? Often it’s all those extras that really make a program stand out from the rest.
Check out the Administrative Assistant Program at Career Quest Learning Centers. We’re sure to measure up. Give us a call right now in Lansing at 877-481-4930 or Jackson at 877-365-8144 to learn more now.