Administrative assistants help run offices.

What does an administrative assistant do?

Administrative assistants ensure the day-to-day running of an office goes smoothly. You’ll deal with everything from organising meetings to filing. You’ll need excellent IT and communication skills. 

What do I need to do to become an administrative assistant?

You do not need specific qualifications to become an administrative assistant, though you will usually be expected to have maths and English GCSEs above a grade C. You may be asked to complete a typing test before being taken on by an employer, so good word processing skills are highly desirable.

Although not essential, you could take a course in business administration at your local college to help prepare you for work. You may also be able to start this job through an apprenticeship scheme.

Related skills

  • Administration
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • IT
  • Literacy
  • Organisation
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Word processing

Related subjects

  • Computer science
  • English
  • Maths

Desirable qualifications

  • GCSE English
  • GCSE maths

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