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  •  Well, actually (3+ / 0-)
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    As one of those degreed administrative assistants, I've got to say that there is probably no profession which is MORE related to what you do in school other than teaching high school.  Following directions.  Being polite.  Saying "Yes,sir" and "Yes, ma'am" thirty-four times a day.  Preparing paperwork, and making it all very neat.  Sitting at a desk and not getting up except at specified times so you're always there.  And being able to write and spell better than the computer so you can fix it when it makes a mistake.

    Secretaries originated as the managers of noblemen's correspondence and finances, the "Secret Keepers" who had all the paperwork in a time when literacy was at best about 5%.  The person who keeps your files and writes your letters has to be more literate than average, as well as more responsible, reliable, and obsessed with detail.  Because we have delegated most of the EASY things that secretaries and admins did thirty years ago to computers, what is left to pay a live human to do are the things that actually require some intelligence and (gasp!) education.

    •  i work as an editor (0+ / 0-)

      i majored in biology.  one does not need a college degree to be proficient in spelling, grammar, etc.

      people have been doing office management without degrees for decades.

      Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

      by Cedwyn on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:30:45 AM PST

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