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Whats a good business to start out with for an office job?

Just looking for a good office job.

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Cheri’s Answer

Cailin,

Try applying at for an entry-level position at your local college, university, or trade school. Adminstrative Assistant is a great example of such a job but there are certainly plenty more. Such an environment can be incredibly benfitical for your financial, academic, & professional future. Here's how:

They can enable a more debt-free future to help boost your future financial success! How? Many of these learning institutions offer free or deeply discounted tuition to their full-time employees along with very competitive benefits packages (paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurances, match retirement contributions, etc.). This is also an incredible benefit academically! I know the university I work for paid 90% tuition for my Associate's, Bachelor's, & Master's degrees.

Professionally, working on a campus can professionally advantageous because of two reasons: seemingly endless networking opportunities & built-in potential career advancement. Network with employees, faculty, staff, and students! Ready to reach higher career wise? Often employers would rather hire from within because they already know your work ethic, job performance, character, attendance record, etc. This amd the networking can easily translate into both verbal and written recommendations for the new on-campus job, when that time comes.

I hope this helps formulate a plan on how to move forward with finding an office job. Best of luck and stay curious!

Cheri recommends the following next steps:

Check your local university, college, and trade school websites' jobs pages.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the advice. Cailin
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Kim’s Answer

Cheri's answer focusing on the value of tuition assistance in a job is highly worthy of considering!

To that, I add this: there are two aspects to a job - two ways it is identified. One is by "occupation" and one is by "industry." Let's say you know you want to do something medical-related ----that is the healthcare industry. Doctor, xray tech, food services, admitting, hospital police, etc. Do you see how many different "occupations" there are within that industry?

You know the general occupation you want. My question is this: Is there a particular industry that is calling you? Education? Shipping and Receiving/Logistics? Hotel &Tourism? If so, try to find a job that is within the industry. It'll make it that much easier to like your job, and feel excited with each day you go to work. You'll want to learn and do and grow! That being said, I've met some Administrative Assistants who are VERY good at what they do (which, in case you didn't know, is working hard to make the boss look good!), and they honestly did not care what industry they were working in, they just wanted to run the office.

Wherever you start, I wish you the best! Remember that office jobs expose you to a lot of information that others may not know, and keeping this information confidential is essential!

Kim
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much! Cailin
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Maureen’s Answer

The answers above have some great information! If you have no idea what you'd like to do for a career and want to explore, you can sign up with a staffing firm/temp agency. You can get short and long term assignments at a variety of different companies and industries. It's a great way to discover your strengths and what type of environment you prefer working in. Temp positions can lead to permanent opportunities as well.

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Explore staffing firms/temp agencies
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Amy’s Answer

Not sure if you are looking for a company you can start and grow with or just summer work. However, I would suggest looking for a company that interests you and that you would want to include to build your resume. Many times students work different types of jobs to earn a paycheck, which is understandable. However, if you have the opportunity you can start to build your resume and skills for the job you really want by being strategic in your early job choices. An entry-level position at a place of interest would allow you to meet people and ask lots of questions so you can learn more about your area of interest. If you are looking for suggestions on what kind of office job to select, maybe look at a project manager-type role. If you are organized, can multi-task, and love change, this might be a great fit! You get to constantly be involved in new work, meet new partners, learn more with each project and accomplish great things! Good luck!
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Natalia’s Answer

A good business office for entry level would be ideally in an industry that you are interested in. If that is not available then I would seek out a business that would allow opportunities for learning the basic aspects of the business that can be transferred to any line of business. Basic learning opportunities and building experience with tools for staying organized with software like (Microsoft Office Products) to include email. Learning all the aspects of staying organized with emails, tasks, reminders, data analysis and document folders. Other helpful skill sets would obtained through experience would be critical thinking and problem solving, adapting to change, teamwork and effective communication.
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Kathryn’s Answer

When I was in high school, there were two types of programs: CoOperative Education (COE) and Distributive Education (DE). We were allowed to take this class our senior year. The provided a job opportunity and of course a 1/2 day of school - YEAH! COE was designed for an office type environgment, while DE was designed for retail, i.e. fast food, Walmart, etc. I took COE, where my first job was working for a company as an office assistant. My task was making copies and preparing the outgoing mail with a postage machine. Try reaching out to your guidence counselor or your favorite teachers for opportunities available at your school or in your area. In the meantime, create a 3-minute elevatior speech. A speech that tells who you are, what you are looking for and how you can help. Then try reaching out to offices close to your home, i.e. dentist, doctors, insurance, i.e. any business in your area. Visit the office, dressed to impress, elevator speech ready and resume in hand. Ask to speak with the office manager or someone in charge of the office. Give you elevator speech, thank them for their time and leave your resume asking them keep you in mind, should anything come available. Good Luck!
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Christina (Tina)’s Answer

The wireless telecommunications industry is a great place to start. There are many opportunities in this industry especially if you don't know where you'd like to start.
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Sandy’s Answer

I agree with the advice to pursue an entry level position, such as an Administrative Assistant. Once you select your career goals, I've found that the best practice is to learn the Industry you chose, from the bottom up. The amount of knoweledge you obtain is priceless, go for a Project Coordinator, position before jumping on a Project Management position (for instance). This allows you the ability to have a solid foundation, and overall become a stronger asset for your employer (not to mention, the pride in accomplishing/climbing the ladder).
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michelle’s Answer

I may be biased, but the tech world is a great place to start. Often they have career paths and internships that lead to permanent positions and rotations. In addition, the larger companies have so many different facets that you can explore and still stay with the same company and benefits. They often have tuition assistance and internal trainings and guidance. Tech continues to develop and grow.
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