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Today marks National Administrative Professionals’ Day, which is a day that's always observed on the Wednesday of Administrative Professionals Week (April 22-26). Today serves as a day to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals.

How Did This Become an Unofficial Holiday?

National Administrative Professionals’ Day coincides with National Secretaries Week. In June 1952, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Charles Sawyer, proclaimed National Secretaries Week. In that same year, June 4 was designated as National Secretaries Day.

How Should One Celebrate This Holiday?

According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, in 2016 there were nearly 4 million secretaries and/or administrative assistants part of the U.S. workforce. So, with the likelihood that you have a secretary or an administrative professional at your place of work, you can show them your appreciation by doing one of the following:

  • Sending them thank-you/appreciation flowers
  • Giving them a gift card or gift certificate to their favorite restaurant or coffee shop
  • Sending them a gift basket
  • Taking them out to lunch

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Some of the things an administrative professional does on a day-to-day basis includes:

  • Possessing knowledge & experience in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, and Google Drive
  • Assuming a leadership role
  • Knowing how to order office supplies
  • Producing content like a newsletter or graphic presentations
  • Identifying and addressing office inefficiencies
  • Monitoring office-based social media outlets
  • Mediating conflicts between employees and offers constructive criticism
  • Having a sense of cultural awareness

Where Can I Get Training to Become an Administrative Professional?

Hocking College offers an Associate of Applied Business in Office Administration degree. This program provides an opportunity for students to achieve superior administrative office skills needed to meet the ever-changing demands of the office environment.

Students in this program will obtain abilities and skills that apply to numerous areas of the administrative office, including extensive computer training in numerous software packages, QuickBooks, records management, human resources, sales, marketing, customer service, administration, and management.

Where Can I Get More Information on This Program?

Students who are interested in learning more about the Office Administration Program at Hocking College can contact the program manager, Micah Covert, by email at covertm29000@hocking.edu or by phone at (740) 753-7213.

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