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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Helping Run Operations While Studying For A Degree In Acupuncture

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For this administrative assistant, a typical day involves assisting with day to day operations. She supports herself by working at her school while also completing an advanced degree in acupuncture and herbal medicine. She was able to reach this point by figuring out what not to do compared to knowing what she wanted to do — and this was achieved through multiple internships.

Degree: Communication and Media Studies
Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Employer: American College Traditional Chinese Medicine

Job Summary: Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

Job Description

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

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Short-term on-the-job training

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Although secretaries and administrative assistants work in nearly every industry, many are concentrated in schools, hospitals, government agencies, and legal and medical offices. Most work full time in comfortable office settings. Virtual assistants typically work from a home office.

Certification Requirement
Recommended in Speciality Work.

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Average salary
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$20,000 - $55,000
Projected job growth
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5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time
Typical workplace
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Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Organizational skills, People skills, Technical skills, Written communication skills

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High school degree
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Associate degree
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<span m='17570'>students,</span> <span m='19292'>keep the</span> <span m='19690'>program</span> <span m='20010'>on</span> <span m='20130'>track,</span> <span m='20790'>help</span> <span m='21290'>organize</span> <span m='21810'>the</span> <span m='21890'>professors,</span> <span m='24880'>and</span> <span m='25340'>just</span> <span m='25530'>help with</span> <span m='25710'>the</span> <span m='25780'>day to day</span> <span m='26210'>runnings</span> <span m='26660'>of</span> <span m='26840'>the</span> <span m='26910'>program</span> <span m='27280'>itself.</span> </p><p><span m='28700'>I'm also</span> <span m='28940'>a</span> <span m='29260'>masters</span> <span m='29680'>student</span> <span m='30260'>at</span> <span m='30590'>the</span> <span m='31130'>college</span> <span m='32119'>becoming</span> <span m='32530'>an</span> <span m='32930'>acupuncturist</span> <span m='33180'>myself,</span> <span m='33880'>and</span> <span m='34170'>I'll be done in</span> <span m='34460'>six</span> <span m='34720'>months.</span> <span m='37770'>So</span> <span m='38570'>that's</span> <span m='39040'>how I</span> <span m='39420'>got into</span> <span m='39840'>my current</span> <span m='40260'>position.</span> <span m='42560'>My</span> <span m='42680'>career</span> <span m='43350'>and</span> <span m='43700'>educational</span> <span m='44480'>path.</span> <span m='45680'>I</span> <span m='46260'>got</span> <span m='46460'>my</span> <span m='46540'>degree</span> <span m='46850'>in</span> <span m='46980'>communications</span> <span m='48250'>from</span> <span m='48350'>UC</span> <span m='48710'>San</span> <span m='48830'>Diego</span> <span m='49870'>and</span> <span m='50650'>tried</span> <span m='50970'>to</span> <span m='51100'>work</span> <span m='51520'>in</span> <span m='51670'>the field of</span> <span m='51750'>communications.</span> <span m='53520'>I</span> <span m='54300'>did some</span> <span m='54590'>internships,</span> <span m='55330'>which</span> <span m='55520'>I</span> <span m='55790'>highly recommend</span> <span m='56260'>doing,</span> <span m='57250'>and</span> <span m='57710'>discovered</span> <span m='58130'>that I</span> <span m='58330'>didn't</span> <span m='58550'>like</span> <span m='58940'>the</span> <span m='59010'>field</span> <span m='59260'>of</span> <span m='59350'>communications.</span> </p><p><span m='60930'>So,</span> <span m='61120'>when</span> <span m='61220'>I</span> <span m='61270'>graduated</span> <span m='61880'>from</span> <span m='62320'>school,</span> <span m='62820'>I</span> <span m='62880'>graduated</span> <span m='63330'>into</span> <span m='63770'>a</span> <span m='63980'>really</span> <span m='64290'>bad</span> <span m='64500'>economy.</span> <span m='65349'>And I just took</span> <span m='65560'>whatever</span> <span m='65870'>job</span> <span m='66110'>I</span> <span m='66450'>could get</span> <span m='66880'>and wound up</span> <span m='67220'>working</span> <span m='67540'>in</span> <span m='67610'>hotels,</span> <span m='68820'>really</span> <span m='69185'>nice</span> <span m='69550'>hotels</span> <span m='69930'>around</span> <span m='70250'>San</span> <span m='70510'>Francisco,</span> <span m='72030'>and</span> <span m='72500'>learned</span> <span m='72690'>a</span> <span m='72750'>little</span> <span m='72940'>bit</span> <span m='73100'>about</span> <span m='73940'>that.</span> <span m='74950'>And</span> <span m='75130'>then</span> <span m='75330'>wound up</span> <span m='75560'>becoming</span> <span m='75870'>a college</span> <span m='76250'>success</span> <span m='76720'>coach</span> <span m='77120'>for</span> <span m='77400'>a couple of</span> <span m='77620'>years,</span> <span m='77900'>which</span> <span m='78040'>was</span> <span m='78160'>great,</span> <span m='78780'>and I was</span> <span m='79040'>helping</span> <span m='79360'>people</span> <span m='80240'>in</span> <span m='80330'>working</span> <span m='81500'>in</span> <span m='81880'>that</span> <span m='82070'>environment.</span> </p><p><span m='83460'>But I</span> <span m='83630'>wasn't</span> <span m='83950'>totally</span> <span m='84350'>fulfilled.</span> <span m='85120'>So</span> <span m='85520'>I</span> <span m='86020'>finally</span> <span m='86290'>asked</span> <span m='86500'>myself</span> <span m='86890'>one</span> <span m='87160'>day,</span> <span m='87320'>what do</span> <span m='87660'>you</span> <span m='87810'>like</span> <span m='87980'>to</span> <span m='88120'>do?</span> <span m='88680'>And</span> <span m='89020'>I</span> <span m='89090'>like</span> <span m='89410'>working</span> <span m='89680'>with</span> <span m='89870'>herbs,</span> <span m='90310'>and</span> <span m='90470'>so</span> <span m='90630'>I</span> <span m='91240'>took</span> <span m='91400'>some</span> <span m='91530'>classes</span> <span m='91920'>in herbal</span> <span m='92220'>medicine</span> <span m='92540'>and</span> <span m='92860'>I</span> <span m='92950'>loved</span> <span m='93290'>it.</span> <span m='93530'>And</span> <span m='93650'>that's</span> <span m='93960'>how I</span> <span m='94315'>wound up</span> <span m='95480'>coming</span> <span m='95680'>to</span> <span m='95760'>school</span> <span m='96060'>for</span> <span m='96380'>acupuncture</span> <span m='97090'>and</span> <span m='97180'>herbal</span> <span m='97370'>medicine,</span> <span m='98741'>after a</span> <span m='99200'>little</span> <span m='99490'>bit</span> <span m='99630'>of</span> <span m='99690'>research.</span> <span m='102070'>So</span> <span m='102840'>then I</span> <span m='103160'>came</span> <span m='103350'>to</span> <span m='103410'>the</span> <span m='103500'>school,</span> <span m='103935'>and then I got</span> <span m='104370'>involved</span> <span m='105050'>working</span> <span m='105370'>at</span> <span m='105480'>the</span> <span m='105560'>school</span> <span m='106150'>in an</span> <span m='106420'>administrative</span> <span m='106820'>capacity.</span> </p><p><span m='107850'>And</span> <span m='108030'>my</span> <span m='108760'>desk</span> <span m='109110'>job,</span> <span m='110270'>you know,</span> <span m='110990'>it's</span> <span m='111090'>a</span> <span m='111170'>desk job,</span> <span m='111770'>and</span> <span m='111870'>it's</span> <span m='112070'>what</span> <span m='112190'>I was</span> <span m='112340'>trying</span> <span m='112550'>to</span> <span m='112680'>get</span> <span m='112800'>away</span> <span m='113040'>from</span> <span m='113880'>when I</span> <span m='114160'>came</span> <span m='114650'>to</span> <span m='115130'>acupuncture</span> <span m='115740'>school.</span> <span m='116200'>But</span> <span m='116560'>it's</span> <span m='116740'>really</span> <span m='116970'>interesting</span> <span m='117370'>in</span> <span m='117450'>that</span> <span m='117620'>it's</span> <span m='118140'>an</span> <span m='118620'>area</span> <span m='119190'>that</span> <span m='119420'>I</span> <span m='119470'>love</span> <span m='119860'>to</span> <span m='119900'>work</span> <span m='120110'>in.</span> <span m='120370'>So</span> <span m='121180'>I'm</span> <span m='121530'>really</span> <span m='121690'>looking</span> <span m='122000'>forward to</span> <span m='122140'>getting</span> <span m='122460'>my</span> <span m='122620'>license</span> <span m='123535'>and</span> <span m='123950'>practicing</span> <span m='124365'>acupuncture</span> <span m='124870'>myself.</span> <span m='128830'>What</span> <span m='129060'>I wish</span> <span m='129310'>I</span> <span m='129350'>knew</span> <span m='129830'>when I</span> <span m='129860'>started</span> <span m='130699'>my</span> <span m='130830'>career.</span> <span m='132740'>You know,</span> <span m='133752'>it's</span> <span m='134180'>interesting.</span> </p><p><span m='134480'>I think</span> <span m='135670'>before</span> <span m='136020'>you</span> <span m='137990'>start</span> <span m='138290'>anything,</span> <span m='138450'>you need</span> <span m='138780'>to</span> <span m='138880'>go and</span> <span m='139100'>try</span> <span m='139380'>it.</span> <span m='140090'>So</span> <span m='141560'>when</span> <span m='141660'>you're</span> <span m='141760'>looking</span> <span m='142060'>at</span> <span m='142170'>what</span> <span m='142310'>to</span> <span m='142590'>major</span> <span m='142910'>in in</span> <span m='143130'>college,</span> <span m='143800'>you</span> <span m='143890'>should</span> <span m='144100'>go</span> <span m='144370'>and</span> <span m='144660'>intern</span> <span m='144960'>in the</span> <span m='145260'>area.</span> <span m='145790'>Volunteer</span> <span m='146075'>to</span> <span m='146360'>work</span> <span m='146580'>for</span> <span m='146710'>free</span> <span m='146990'>somewhere.</span> <span m='147330'>People</span> <span m='147560'>are</span> <span m='147700'>always</span> <span m='148000'>looking</span> <span m='148230'>for</span> <span m='148340'>volunteers.</span> <span m='152960'>And</span> <span m='153210'>then</span> <span m='153340'>you</span> <span m='153410'>have</span> <span m='153630'>the</span> <span m='153740'>knowledge</span> <span m='154240'>that</span> <span m='154390'>you</span> <span m='154460'>need</span> <span m='154670'>to</span> <span m='154780'>know</span> <span m='154900'>if you're</span> <span m='155050'>making</span> <span m='155320'>the</span> <span m='155390'>right</span> <span m='155580'>choice</span> <span m='155880'>for</span> <span m='155980'>yourself,</span> <span m='156700'>which</span> <span m='157040'>is</span> <span m='157170'>very</span> <span m='157440'>important.</span> <span m='159150'>That would've</span> <span m='159230'>saved</span> <span m='159470'>me</span> <span m='159970'>a</span> <span m='160080'>lot</span> <span m='160330'>of</span> <span m='160410'>time</span> <span m='160650'>and</span> <span m='160760'>money</span> <span m='161365'>if</span> <span m='161620'>someone</span> <span m='161840'>had</span> <span m='161870'>told</span> <span m='162110'>me</span> <span m='162200'>that.</span> <span m='165060'>Yeah,</span> <span m='166940'>that's</span> <span m='167160'>really</span> <span m='167620'>all I</span> <span m='167840'>have</span> <span m='168020'>to</span> <span m='168100'>say.</span> </p>","file":{"id":167921,"video_id":"2705613717001","name":"124248367","duration":169707,"thumbnail_url":null}});