Still secretaries after 60 years

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Still secretaries after 60 years
Fri, 02-08-2013 - 10:04am

I was reading this very interesting article in the Huffington Post about women's jobs and how the position of secretary is still the number one spot for women. It really hit home because I am currently taking classes to improve my job skills and almost everyone in my classes are women. Also,most everyone who works has an a position in office administration and those who don't work are looking for these type positions. I have been giving much thought to the article and have come to the conclusion that the reason "secretary" positions are so popular is because they work out the best for women, especially those who have children who need to be cared for. It's good pay, comes with set hours, and a steady paycheck. Most of these type jobs also come with the opportunity to learn or apply new skills which translates into more money. I think overall that secretary positions have changed and become more challenging and lucrative thus attracting more educated and skilled women. So I don't think it is a bad thing that women are still secretaries after all these years. You?


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Registered: 11-14-2008
Fri, 02-08-2013 - 10:24am

I worked as a secretary for a number of years and found the job very fulfilling, interesting and fun. Of course, I think a lot of it had to do with the office I worked in; I was given respect and my efforts were appreciated. I'd probably still be there had we not moved but the extra skills I learned there have really been beneficial to me over the years.

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Registered: 12-10-2012
Fri, 02-08-2013 - 11:09am

I just graduated from college with a degree in office studies and I chose it because after reading the course list I realized I would be learning some very versatile skills. It isn't just typing-I had to learn accounting, marketing, production, and got certified in many Microsoft Office software applications. These are skills almost all businesses will need at one time or another.

 I just got married and am expecting my first child and a part time office job fits very nicely with my family plans.I agree that secretary positions are very convenient for women with children because of the hours, work, pay and opportunities.

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Fri, 02-08-2013 - 11:13am

I think often the word secretary conjures up images of Mad Men-esque environments. Most of the time now, secretaries are really administrative assistants. And I find that it is dominated by women because woman, for the most part, are more detail orientated. Plus as you said, it is women who are seeking these positions.

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Registered: 11-26-2001
Sun, 02-17-2013 - 8:27pm

I haven't heard the term secretary in over 20 years and in fact, some might find it offensive.  The position of secretary has been transformed into that of Administrative Assistant.  It's amazing that since I was a teenager, I have seen women start to work in more management positions.  Administrative Assistant is not the only role a woman can strive to become now.  We've come a LONG way Baby!