Thanks for your question! While I am not a secretary personally below are some of the things that I think are important for being a secretary:
-Computer skills- email, calendar, excel, word processing
-Organization- being able to be organized and manage multiple tasks.
I think if you have those skills you can be a secretary. I think experience helps when applying, so try to start off as an intern or at a small company and work your way up!
There are many different types of secretaries, and the process may vary depending on what type of secretary you want to be. Here is a link to a website that outlines steps to becoming a secretary: https://study.com/how_to_become_a_secretary.html
In order to become an administrative assistant, you typically need at least a high school diploma. However, this depends on the type of company that you would like to work for. Larger companies may require a two-year or bachelors degree. The reason for this is that organizations want to make sure that you have the competencies required for the position. Some skills that are typically required include:
1.) Being proficient in microsoft excel
2.) Strong organizational skills
3.) Communication skills
Keep in mind that you can also be promoted within the firm if you work hard, after starting out as an administrative assistant. One of my friends went from administrative assistant to working as a finance analyst. I hope this helps.
Best of luck!
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