How to Become a Secretary

Become a Secretary

In our review of different careers we take a look at how to become an office secretary as well as the skills set needed to become a secretary.

What Does a Secretary Do?

A secretary provides administrative support to there employer and can often involve a certain amount of customer facing work as well, but this is not always the case.

As a secretary, your working hours are most likely to be somewhere between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Friday.

In a standard working day your duties might include greeting clients, directing them to a waiting area and informing them of when they can be seen, keeping records up to date, typing letters, sending emails, answering phone calls, booking appointments and scheduling meetings, taking minutes at meetings, photocopying, printing and filing. 

Is Becoming a Secretary Right For Me?

The following skills and attributes are vital for a secretary:

  • The ability to multi-task
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal
  • An excellent telephone manner
  • Attention to detail
  • A high level of accuracy
  • Tact and discretion

How Much Can a Secretary Earn?

A secretary can earn anywhere between £16,000 and £25,000 a year depending on your skills and experience.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Secretary?

There are no qualifications to become a secretary but it may be beneficial to have evidence of you skills by completing a part time college course in business support or administration.  You can also take additional courses that will teach you useful skills such as shorthand, typing, audio transcription and Microsoft Office skills, all which will increase your attractiveness to employers.