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In your opinion, how difficult is it for recent graduates of a college degree or job training in office administration to get hired after completion?

I'm curious if it'll be necessary to get an associate's or bachelor's after I complete the trade to open more job opportunities and higher pay.
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Angelica’s Answer

Hi Lorraine,

I work as a recruiter and have helped staff for these types of positions. For office administration a lot of positions don't require a degree if you have the training. Most employers want to see candidates that have strong Microsoft Office skills and the ability to demonstrate your computer skills-some may even have you take a typing test to see your speed and accuracy. Employers also look for candidates with customer service experience as they want people who are personable and communicative, which is usually best demonstrated during an interview.

There are some companies that do require an associate's or bachelor's degree and some are willing to substitute training and experience for a degree. A degree may help and give you a few more options to advance your career, but to get into the field at an entry level it isn't as important. What many people do is get the professional experience and work for a little bit and then pursue a degree based on the route they want to take in their career. If you have the time, it wouldn't hurt to take a course on Excel-there are some reasonably priced ones on Udemy and other websites that are great for that.

Hopefully that helps!
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Tiffany’s Answer

Angelica's answer is fantastic.

Please also consider how direct your job search is. Office Administration is very broad so you if are open to being the person making copies you may be able to land a job quicker than someone who is specifically focused on being an Executive Assistant for example.
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Dawn’s Answer

In my experience, many talented office admins transferred easily to a project coordinator position which often times pays more and puts a person on a path to becoming a project manager.
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