What Executive Assistant Training Will Get You

Executive assistant training is essential if you wish to embark on a career as an executive secretary or assistant.  This page tells you about what is required, what you can earn, and more ...

What is an executive assistant? Executive assistants get to take part in the action of businesses that aspire to do great things. You work directly with the CEO and help the company achieve their goals. You deal with agendas and everything that keeps the office moving at a steady and reliable pace.  By completing suitable training, you will be better placed to begin working in this field.  You might also like to check out the Secretary Training and Office Administration pages.


Where can you take executive assistant courses?

Many schools offer administration courses that would be suitable for executive assistant education.  Here are a select few at various levels, both online and on-campus:

  • DeVry University:
    • Bachelors in Business Administration
      • Accounting
      • Finance
      • Health Services Management
      • Hospitality Management
      • Human Resource Management
      • Operations Management
      • Sales and Marketing
      • Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Virginia College Online
    • AAS - Medical Assistant
    • AAS - Medical Office Administration
    • AAS - Medical Office Management
    • AAS - Office Administration
    • AS - Business Administration
    • AS - Medical Assistant
    • AS - Medical Office Administration
    • AS - Medical Office Management
    • AS - Office Administration
    • AS - Paralegal Studies
    • BS - Business Administration
    • BS - Paralegal Studies
    • Certificate in Administrative Assistant
    • Certificate in Medical Assistant
    • Certificate in Medical Billing & Coding
  • Stevens-Henager College
    • Associate of Applied Science in Business Management and Accounting
    • Associate of Applied Science in Business Management and Accounting with Property Management Emphasis
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Property Management Emphasis
  • University of Phoenix
    • BS in Business with specialization in Administration
    • BS in Business with specialization in Public Administration


For schools in Canada

  • CDI College
    • Accounting & Payroll Administration
    • Business Administration
    • Business Administration Management
    • Business Administrative Professional
    • Introduction to Business Computing Certificate
    • Legal Administrative Assistant
    • Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate
    • Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate
    • Oil & Gas Administration
    • Professional Legal Assistant
    • Dental Receptionist Coordinator
    • Medical Office Administration
    • Medical Office Administrator
    • Medical Office Assistant
    • Medical Office Assistant Certificate
  • Vancouver Career College
    • Accounting and Payroll Administrator
    • Office Administration
    • Medical Office Assistant
    • Medical Records Clerk
    • Legal Administrative Assistant
    • Paralegal
  • Reeves College
    • Accounting and Payroll Administrator
    • Medical Office Assistant (MOA)
    • Legal Administrative Assistant
    • Paralegal
  • Click here for a page that links to campus universities and campus colleges in Canada. It also provides some advice on choosing a suitable campus.


Executive assistant training

There are training programs available both on-campus and on-line and they vary in length. It really depends on what field you hope to work on and what career aspirations you have. Distance learning can work well for this field since you will be doing a lot of your work using a computer once you are out in the work force.

Because of the nature of such a career, you do not usually need much experience to get into the program. You get all of the training you need, so a demonstration of skill is not necessarily required- but this will depend on the school you choose to apply to. Some do request that you come into the program with at least one year of experience in an office, while others merely require that you have a High school education.

In your training you should get hands on learning, and graduate with organizational skills, self-motivation and the ability to work without supervision, the ability to participate in professional communication, and an understanding of technology that you may end up working with. Secretarial and office support skills are essential especially when you plan on working at an executive level.

Most programs will offer you access to these skills and required knowledge so that you will be successful in an ever-changing office environment. The interpersonal, technological and communication skills that are important for success should be offered no matter where you choose to go to school. Be sure to ask if you are not sure of what is being offered to you so that you take control of the education you will receive and make the most out of your money.  Compare the course content of several programs before deciding which to take.


The prospects after training

Most executive assistants are the support system for high level executives and in this position you might be referred to as an executive secretary.  An entry level position can begin a long and fulfilling career with a company you you are loyal to because you work on the front lines.  You will typically work a 40 hour work week at a desk. Sometimes, you will even be travelling with the person you work with.

Some specialized executive assistant jobs can be found at medical or law firms, and even schools or colleges. The average executive assistant salary is over forty thousand and you can always work your way up the salary and job role chain. Priority for the good, high-paying jobs will go to candidates with training and experience working with software and presenting yourself in a professional manor.

Suitable training can really help you get the executive assistant career that will satisfy you and make you enjoy going to work. There are many jobs to apply for (over 1.3 million in the United States), and if you have the qualifications necessary to work with the biggest and the best, you open yourself up to great opportunities.


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Remember to compare the admission requirements and course content of several schools before you choose a program.

Browse the schools below to find a suitable school and program. Request information from several schools and compare the admission requirements and course content before you choose a program.

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