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What Skills Do You Need to Become an Administrative Assistant?

Jun 11, 2020 1:25:03 PM

Updated February 2021.

Administrative assistants work in every sector of the economy.

From schools and healthcare organizations, to big corporations, banks, charities, government, and local businesses—admin assistants are the engines that keep daily operations running smoothly. 

Administrative assistants don’t make leadership decisions. But they do perform the clerical work and communications tasks that businesses need to thrive.

In fact, no growing company can be successful without the help of a good administrative team. 

So what do employers look for when hiring for these roles? Exactly what skills do you need to become a valued admin assistant?

Whether you’re just starting out, or looking to qualify for more advanced positions, you will need to prove your abilities in several key areas.

Here's what every employer is looking for when hiring a new administrative assistant.

What to Expect at Your Herzing College Admissions Interview

May 19, 2020 2:18:37 PM

Cheylynn Plese has been an Admissions Advisor at Herzing College for 10 years.

The college admissions interview. It's a major source of stress for students all over the world. Most people are afraid of being judged and rejected...or pressured to make a decision about enrollment before they're truly ready.

Going back to school is a big life move. It often comes with feelings of anxiety around academic performance, tuition costs, and balancing time between work, family, and classes.

Meet Nicole: What to Expect from Herzing's Legal Assistant Program

Apr 24, 2020 10:53:42 AM

Photo: Nicole Page, Legal Assistant instructor at Herzing College Winnipeg

Looking for a legal career that doesn't require years of university study? Have excellent communication and organizational skills, and can see yourself thriving in a busy law office?

Legal assistant could be the profession you're looking for. Legal assistants work under lawyer supervision, providing valuable support with case preparation, drafting documents, scheduling clients, and running the legal office.

They work at courthouses, private law firms, real estate firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies. You can specialize in a particular area of law, or work at a firm that provides services in several legal areas.

Are you a good fit for this role? Should you consider Legal Assistant training?

This week, we interviewed Nicole Page to find out what is involved in becoming a legal assistant and what to expect at work.

10 Tips for Studying Online at Home

Apr 22, 2020 2:05:11 PM

The COVID-19 health crisis has forced all of us to adapt to some major life changes. Many people have lost their jobs. Others have found themselves in front-line essential service roles, risking their lives to help their community. 

Meanwhile, schools and colleges across Canada have closed, turning many children and adults into online students. Not everyone prefers studying online. Many people truly enjoy coming to campus, hanging out with classmates, and interacting with instructors face-to-face. 

At Herzing, we’ve worked hard to make the transition as painless as possible for our students—but we know some of you are struggling to adapt. 

Studying Online at Herzing College: What to Expect & How to Enroll

Mar 23, 2020 12:36:53 PM

In response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, Herzing College has transitioned all of our diploma programs to online learning. Our goal is to ensure that students get the same quality instruction and step-by-step support that they receive in the classroom, while studying safely from home.

Need Support? New Personal Counselling Services Available on Campus

Feb 24, 2020 1:32:19 PM

Fred Standil is the new Student Services Advisor at Herzing, offering academic and personal counselling to students. Fred has been on the faculty at Herzing College Winnipeg for the past 11 years.

Herzing College Winnipeg is excited to announce new counselling and advising services for students. The new Student Support Services office is located on the second floor by the elevator, and officially launched on February 10, 2020. 

If you’re struggling with a personal or academic problem, this is the place to go. The office is run by Fred Standil, who many students already know as our Community Support Worker instructor. 

What Does an Administrative Assistant Really Do? Top 10 Daily Tasks

Feb 5, 2020 11:18:11 AM

Administrative assistant sounds like a fairly straight-forward job. Don’t assistants just answer phones, get coffee, and do filing? 

Not exactly. Maybe this job used to be simpler—before the internet, complex office software, and growing demands on business administrators.

But today, administrative assistants play an absolutely vital role in every successful company and organization. 

Filing and phones are part of the job description, but there’s a lot more to it. 

So why is this role so important, and what does an admin assistant really do? Let’s break down the 10 most common tasks and responsibilities. 

Take a look at what the position involves, and see if office administration is the right career for you.

7 Good Reasons To Choose The Online Community Support Worker Program

Dec 23, 2019 2:04:46 PM

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a huge spike in the number of online students. Across almost all of our diploma programs, more and more students are choosing to study online. 

Demand has been so high for online training, this year we decided to launch our very first online community support worker program. 

It’s part of the Herzing Flex-Ed system—flexible study options specifically designed to work around your busy schedule. 

Meet Agnes: Herzing's Accounting Program Got Me My First Job in Canada

Dec 20, 2019 1:17:47 PM

Agnes Perez graduated from Herzing's Accounting and Payroll program in 2019, and got her first full-time job in Canada working on the finance team at Venture Healthcare.

Agnes Perez's story is very similar to many other students at Herzing. She moved to Canada from the Philippines with a good education, but her credentials and work experience were not recognized by Canadian employers.

Back home, she was a successful optometrist with 12 years of professional experience. But Agnes quickly realized that if she wanted a successful career here in Winnipeg, she would have to go back to school and earn a Canadian diploma.

Meet Michelle: My Experience in Herzing's Accounting and Payroll Program

Dec 4, 2019 10:56:33 AM

Michelle Riedner graduated from Herzing's Accounting and Payroll program in 2018, and now works as a Financial Officer for Electra Sign Ltd. in Winnipeg

Michelle Riedner had never even used a computer when she enrolled in the Accounting and Payroll program at Herzing College. She could barely work a mouse or keyboard, and had zero experience with Microsoft Office applications.

Now she's a successful Financial Officer. She uses Excel and QuickBooks on a daily basis, manages files, enters data, and handles a range of computerized accounting and office tasks.