Career outlook for secretary
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would provide office support to keep all kinds of organisations running smoothly.
You’d have to enjoy a varied day and be good at doing several different things at once.
Your duties would depend on your employer. In general, you would:
- type up documents
- update computer databases and spreadsheets
- answer the telephone and handle enquiries
- make appointments and keep diaries up to date
- make travel arrangements
- take minutes at meetings, possibly using shorthand
- deal with incoming and outgoing post
- draft letters and other documents
- photocopy and print documents
- handle filing
- look after visitors
- look after office systems
With time, you could take on new responsibilities. You could handle accounts, manage the office or work as a personal secretary for a manager.
Some managers that you work for may give you a high level of responsibility, so in some jobs you may have to:
- stand in for the manager in their absence
- manage other administrative staff
- deal with accounts and budgets
- take on project work, such as research
You would need to be comfortable communicating with a wide range of people, both in speech and through writing. Strong typing skills and great grammar and spelling would be very important.
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- Written communication
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Time management
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