OVERVIEW OF A CAREER IN ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE SUPPORT & OPERATIONS


WORKING IN ADMINISTRATION

What is it like working in Admin?

A secretary or administrative assistant handles routine bureaucratic and administrative tasks and carries out the basic tasks required for an efficient organisation. They typically use a computer and computer software to create spreadsheets, manage databases, organize files, prepare documents, schedule appointments, and support other employees. They can also prepare and create presentations and documents.

The specific work duties within administration will vary according to experience, job title and field of expertise.  A managing secretary or administrative assistant can support the office manager of the organisation at a high administrative level. Secretarial and administrative assistants can also be employed in an office but also can work within warehouses, libraries, hospitals etc, there is almost no industry that doesn't require administrative assistants.

Some administrative roles are highly specialised, legal secretaries do work that requires knowledge of legal terminology and procedures. Under the supervision of a lawyer or bailiff, they prepare legal documents such as wills, contracts and other documents.  They help with le...