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Many executive and administrative assistants answer phone lines and check some type of e-mail. Many have to make sure that the office is clean. Many have to make photocopies, attend and greet guest, make coffee, and coordinate meetings. Many also have to answer correspondence, order office supplies, distribute mail, and deliver packages. The duties have to yet come to an end; administrative and executive assistants also operate electronic mailing systems, mail merge, schedule and place conference calls, maintains calendar, maintains schedules and makes travel arrangements.

Even after this long list of duties of an executive and administrative assistant, the list of duties still goes on and on depending on what company you work for. Typically administrative and executive assistants work in almost every industry. From international businesses to schools and hospitals, most work in a very comfortable office environment. Most usually work from a desk; some administrative assistants are also receptionists. Most have standard and consisting hours, even though they are on a salary they do have very flexible hours.

An average salary for an executive assistant can range anywhere from 40,000 to $50,000 and sometimes even $60,000 depending on where you work and how many years of experience you have. The median salary of an executive assistant is $52,000 a year. On the other hand, an average salary for an administrative assistant can range from $30,000 to $40,000 and maybe even a bit higher. The median salary for an administrative assistant is $38,000 but again it depends on where you work and how many years of experience you have working for that company.

Executive assistants and administrative assistants usually don’t advance from being secretaries to higher positions like Coo’s. However, they are promoted by giving them more responsibilities once they have gained knowledge of the company’s daily operations. For example, an administrative assistant is just a bit lower position than an executive assistant, so the administrative assistant can be promoted to become an executive assistant. Employment for administrative assistants is supposed to grow in the future. According to bless. Gob, employment for administrative assistants is expected to grow twelve percent from 2010 to 2020.

Employment for executive assistants is expected to grow thirteen percent from 2010 to 2020. There are more than 4,426,1 00 positions available for either executive or administrative assistants. Nowadays, you do need some kind of degree to be an administrative assistant or executive assistant. You need a minimum of a bachelors degree but a masters degree always looks better. Since there is a competitive workforce, employers are always looking at the ones with more education and more experience in the field. Some kind of degree in business or accounting always looks good when applying for one of these positions.

For some companies you don’t need a degree at all but like Vive mentioned before t is a competitive workforce so you want to make sure you have a minimum of an associates degree. After having the opportunity to job shadow Stephanie Keel, an administrative assistant/receptionist at World Business Chicago, realized that in fact, I do want to become an administrative assistant/ executive assistant at an international business or maybe even a non-profit organization. To get there, I will be attending Highland community college for two years and then transferring to Northern Illinois University.

I might just end up going to Northern Illinois University all four years if I can get in there or a reasonable price after scholarships. In-State Tuition and Fees (not including health insurance): $21 , 398; and total In-State Student Loan Eligibility (including health insurance, books and supplies, housing travel, and miscellaneous expenses): $39, 788. Then there is also Southern Illinois University with in-state tuition of $25,409 but Northern Illinois University has a better Business program in my opinion. At this point, I plan to get a bachelor’s degree in Business. I plan to major in General Business or maybe even Accounting.

I know that majoring in General Business will be a great idea cause along the way of becoming an administrative assistant/ executive assistant I might end up changing my might and decide no longer want to become an administrative assistant/ executive assistant (at this point probably not going to happen), I will have the knowledge to work in other positions within the area Business. Also plan to get a minor in the foreign language of Spanish. People who speak more than one language tend to stand out from other people seeking employment, especially in an urban area where you see more Opportunities for employment within Business.

Administrative assistants/ executive assistants who work at an International Business tend to meet people from different parts of the world, so it would help if you could speak more than one language. Once I have received my major within Business and minor in Spanish, I will be able to apply at businesses where can apply the skills that I have learned. My main focus point will be an administrative assistant/ executive assistant. However, I will also be on the lookout for similar jobs. Some of those similar jobs will include positions like a receptionist, secretary, administrative ordinates, and maybe even an accountant!

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