Diving into the world of administration can be incredibly exciting, particularly if you’ve got a flair for detail, a love of business support and a desire to be meticulously organised and creatively process driven.
What doors can a certificate in Administration open up for you?
Your Future Roles in Admin
Admin qualifications can lead to a variety of career paths. Once you finish your studies, you could end up as a:
- Dedicated administrator or coordinator
- Finance officer or accounts payable/receivable clerk
- Personal or executive assistant
- Data entry operator
- Receptionist with admin responsibilities
- Records officer or manager
- Freelance / work-from-home administrator
All of these roles can sustain you for a lifelong career. And they can open further doors, as you develop your skills and expertise, to occupations in Project Management, Marketing, Finance, Office Management, Team Leadership or even Operations.
Careers That Lay Ahead
Admin is a broad field that allows you to shape your future and choose what area or industry you want to work in. Why? Because almost every company in every industry needs some kind of administrative support!
To get you excited, here are just some of the industries where you could end up:
- Technology & IT
- Advertising & Marketing
- Arts & Entertainment
- And lots more!
There’s also plenty of flexibility with many admin roles, and you can choose to work full-time, part-time or even on a temp or casual basis if you prefer.
As you move towards the completion of your studies, you may also want to think about whether you want to work in a large organisation or a small business – or something in between.
What’s Involved in Studying Admin?
Admin studies will generally cover a range of topics that are based around admin processes and computer-based operations. These can include basics like:
- Computer and desktop skills (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel)
- Accounts receivable/payable procedures
- Data entry
- Receptionist duties and skills
- Filing and files management
- Organising and priority management
- Assistant duties, such as appointment setting, minute taking
- Basic OHS
If you choose to study a Certificate III or IV, you will also likely have opportunities to gain work experience and apply the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired in a real life admin environment.
Skills (and Mindsets) You’ll Need
If you truly want to thrive as an Administrator, you’ll need to be incredibly organised, as well as possess a variety of other skills, including:
- High attention to detail
- Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
- Efficiency and ability to meet daily deadlines, and other ongoing deadlines
- Ability to prioritise work and stay on top of multiple tasks
- Capacity to work for or report to (and please!) different people/managers
- High level of initiative and ability to work independently
- Good people skills, with a positive attitude
- Good maths/financial skills
Administrators also predominantly work indoors in an office environment and often sit at a computer or desk for the majority of the day.
How much you can earn as an administrator depends on what type of company you work for and how extensive your responsibilities are. You can also be paid on a salary or on a contract or hourly basis.
• On average, a full-time Office Administrator can earn around $62,000 + super per year.
To get into most admin courses, you may also need:
• To have completed at least a Year 10 School Certificate
• A similar qualification (e.g. a certificate in a related area)
• Some prior work experience in admin or support
So, could you be cut out for administration? If you love the idea of supporting others, admin could be the right move for you. Learn more here!