Secretarial studies refers to the range of courses that will equip you with the key skills and core competencies needed to work as a secretary. There are many different types of secretarial courses available.
Junior-level courses will equip you with basic administrative skills, while more advanced courses may prepare you for specific secretarial and other administrative roles.
What does a secretary do?
Before you can decide whether studying is right for you, you need to know what type of work a secretary does. A secretary’s tasks may differ depending on the company for which he or she works, as well as on the industry and environment in which he or she is employed. However, there are a number of tasks that are relevant to the majority of secretarial jobs:
Common secretarial tasks include:
- Maintaining records and files
- Keeping the office tidy
- Answering phones
- Taking messages
- Typing letters
- Welcoming clients
- Maintaining websites
- Managing petty cash
- Making travel arrangements
In short, secretaries provide administrative support in an office environment. The exact nature of such support will depend on various factors, including what type of organisation the secretary works for.
How will secretarial studies benefit my future?
You may be wondering whether studying secretarial courses will be of any direct benefit to your career. The answer depends, at least partially, on the course that you choose, as well as on how far you decide to go with your studies. However, the skills that you can acquire by doing a secretarial course will always be of value to you, no matter what career path you choose to pursue in the future.
Administrative skills will come in handy if you want to open your own business, or even if you want to establish a career for yourself in the corporate world.
If you study a secretarial course, and later decide that a career as a secretary is not for you, you can still use your knowledge and skills to get a foot in the door. Once you have secured your first job, you may be able to work your way up through the ranks of an organisation by working hard, establishing sound business relationships, and studying further in the direction of your choice.
Skills Academy offers the following Secretarial Courses:
Personal Assistant Courses
- Skills Academy Short Course Certificate: Personal Assistant
- Skills Academy Certificate: Personal Assistant
Professional Secretary Courses
- Skills Academy Short Course Certificate: Professional Secretary
- Skills Academy Certificate: Professional Secretary
ICB Office Administration Courses
- Junior Office Administrator – ICB National Certificate
- Senior Office Administrator – ICB Higher Certificate
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Last updated: February 07, 2019