Administrative Professionals Need Project Management Skills

Project Management Skills

 assistant-18993_640Continuous Learning is necessary for survival in this global environment and acquiring Project Management Skills is vital. What you do not know can be to your detriment.

To Administrative Professionals –

Do you know that advances in information technology are causing software to be developed that performs many of the functions previously done by Administrative Professionals?
Do you know that many managers are presently performing duties previously done by Administrative Professionals utilizing software?  Do you know that there is available software to record and transcribe minutes?  Do you know that Virtual Assistants are digging into your marketing opportunities?   has described the Virtual Assistants as your off site Administrative Professional.  Are you concerned about your future as an Administrative Professional?  Are Administrative Professionals troubled by articles such as how technology is destroying jobs  and Can smart machines take your job? Middle class jobs increasingly being replaced by technology

The future lies in changing oneself to suit the new requirements of the profession. The duties of administrative professionals are changing and you have to retool/equip yourself with new skills in order to survive.

In speaking of the 21st century administrative professional   the IAAP of leading administrative professional noted that ”

An increasingly vital and skilled role in today’s (and tomorrow’s) office…

  • The administrative professional’s job today requires skills in management functions and technology, including: project management; integrated computer software applications; organization and scheduling; Internet/Intranet communications and research; document preparation, storage, and retrieval, with emphasis on electronic recordkeeping; customer service and public relations.
  • Admins are handling a wider variety of duties beyond strictly clerical roles—Today’s admins often purchase office equipment and supplies, plan meetings and special events, work closely with vendors and suppliers, create presentations and give them as well, interview, orient and supervise other staff, write and edit documents, schedule events and facilities, coordinate direct mailings, maintain multiple schedules and calendars, handle messages and correspondence (with voice mail, e-mail, and regular postal mail), maintain computer files, directories, and databases, and more.

This illustrates the need for the Administrative Professional to acquire project management skills.

In today’s global and fast changing environment, the managers are continuously involved in projects as this is the way to bring about change- respond to the changing business needs/requirements. As the manager’s principal assistant, it is time that the administrative professionals learn vital 21st century skills such as project management skills.

The IAAP noted that “technology has empowered administrative professionals with time saving systems and tools to process information and create a wide range of both electronic and print communications. Management relies on administrative professionals to organize the office, contribute on project teams, and solve problems.  To be successful, the job demands top-notch interpersonal communication skills, a mastery of the latest office software, and advanced knowledge of key business functions.”

You can acquire project management skills

My Project Management for Administrative Professionals course will help them make the transition to embrace their  evolving roles. It will also allow them to projectize their operations and so yield additional benefits. It is a hands on interactive course that will leave them with a sample of a completed project plan (done during the course), an action plan for at least six months and a personal project for a six months period that involves the projectization of their job functions.

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