Career Story: Administrative Assistant In A School Office

Administrative Assistant In A School Office

Job Title: Office Assistant

Type of Company: I work for a school district in north central Connecticut near the Massachusetts line.

Education: None

Previous Experience: I did clerical work at a retail flooring company and rose to become department manager.

Job Tasks: On an ordinary day I answer phones, interact with parents, write up purchase orders and fax or email them. Sometimes I am asked to cover classes but every day I do recess duty for an hour, watching the students and making sure that they're safe on the playground.

Each day I have to write up release notes for students leaving early or riding a different bus home or having a parent pick them up at the end of the day, write up homework requests for teachers to put together for absent students, copy notices and curriculum updates, input data on report cards and databases, create templates of office forms and type and computer work. I am currently preparing for our upcoming graduation, ordering awards, gifts, diplomas, award certificates and do the same things for the D.A.R.E graduation. I also attend Board of Education meetings once a month and type and record the minutes. Once they are typed I have them recorded with the Town Clerk. I also compile policies for our school and keep all policy books up-to-date.

My job description covers just about anything. I do what I'm asked to do and I see things through to the end. There are times when I work on a variety of projects on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I really love my job here and totally enjoy the type of work I do. I have a great time with the students during recess. I really can't say there is a bad part of my job except for having to take occasional disciplinary action against a not-so-well-behaved student.

Job Tips: It is very important to keep your communication and business skills well-honed. Taking computer or business classes would be helpful, and always keep an open mind to any projects that may come your way.

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