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EXECUTIVE SECRETARY: You're Never Too Old To Learn

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Vanessa works as an executive secretary for a large government agency. Vanessa says she's worked her whole career as a secretary of some sort, but now she's gone back to school to get her degree in business, something she says you're never too old to do. Vanessa also provides advice on how to be a successful executive secretary.

Job Title: Executive Secretary
Employer: Bay Area Air Quality District

Job Summary: Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

Job Description

Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and organizational tasks. They organize files, draft messages, schedule appointments, and support other staff.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Recommended by te Legal Secretaries International.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $55,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Written communication skills, Technical skills, People skills, Organizational skills

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I</span> <span m='49500'>went</span> <span m='49730'>to</span> <span m='50180'>community</span> <span m='50690'>college</span> <span m='51170'>and</span> <span m='51380'>stopped.</span> <span m='51690'>And now</span> <span m='52060'>I'm</span> <span m='52220'>back</span> <span m='52480'>in</span> <span m='52740'>school again.</span> <span m='54000'>Because</span> <span m='54440'>I</span> <span m='54690'>know</span> <span m='54880'>for</span> <span m='55010'>myself,</span> <span m='55500'>you're</span> <span m='55982'>never</span> <span m='56464'>to old</span> <span m='56946'>to learn.</span> <span m='57910'>And</span> <span m='58110'>so for me,</span> <span m='58590'>that</span> <span m='58810'>has</span> <span m='59190'>been</span> <span m='59360'>my</span> <span m='59740'>inspiration.</span> <span m='60590'>I'm</span> <span m='60760'>nine</span> <span m='61120'>credits</span> <span m='61440'>away</span> <span m='61840'>from</span> <span m='62090'>getting my</span> <span m='62345'>associate's</span> <span m='62600'>degree</span> <span m='63190'>and</span> <span m='63750'>looking</span> <span m='64050'>forward</span> <span m='64379'>to</span> <span m='64489'>getting</span> <span m='64840'>my</span> <span m='65010'>master's</span> <span m='65395'>as</span> <span m='65780'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='66760'>The</span> <span m='67250'>advice</span> <span m='67740'>that</span> <span m='68230'>I would</span> <span m='68720'>give</span> <span m='69210'>is that you would</span> <span m='69700'>have to use patience.</span> <span m='70190'>You have</span> <span m='70680'>to understand</span> <span m='71170'>that</span> <span m='71660'>you have</span> <span m='72150'>to be</span> <span m='72640'>able</span> <span m='73130'>to</span> <span m='73620'>adapt</span> <span m='74110'>to</span> <span m='74600'>all</span> <span m='74860'>individuals, and</span> <span m='75120'>no</span> <span m='75270'>matter</span> <span m='75600'>what</span> <span m='75880'>capacity</span> <span m='76140'>that</span> <span m='76360'>they're</span> <span m='76782'>in.</span> <span m='78050'>To</span> <span m='78530'>just be</span> <span m='78810'>able</span> <span m='79050'>to</span> <span m='79860'>prioritize</span> <span m='81540'>and</span> <span m='81800'>switch</span> <span m='82340'>gears</span> <span m='82710'>at</span> <span m='83020'>any given</span> <span m='83400'>moment.</span> <span m='83827'>Just</span> <span m='84254'>stay</span> <span m='84681'>true</span> <span m='85110'>to</span> <span m='85410'>and</span> <span m='85710'>don't</span> <span m='86010'>become</span> <span m='86310'>discouraged.</span> </p>","file":{"id":305208,"video_id":"2785933340001","name":"1373-Vanessa-p-ExecutiveSecretary","duration":89328,"thumbnail_url":null}});