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Statistics From SurveysStatistics From Surveys

Stats here are for those who have completed the program. Of those starting the program, 28 out of 46 (61%) of people surveyed successfully completed it.

Survey QuestionAverage
Program Completion Time15 month(s)
Attended School Mostly Full-Time64%
Program Difficulty (1-100)60
Satisfied With the School79%
Well-Prepared for Career65%
Would Choose Program Again75%
Career is Directly Related to Program89%
Easy to Find Job75%
How Long to Find First Job5 month(s)
Working Mostly Full-Time71%
Salary (Not Necessarily Full-Time)$51,647
Salary Met Expectations63%
Trouble Making Loan Payments32%
Satisfied With the Career74%

Schools Offering This Program, by StateSchools Offering This Program, by State

(Offering certificates of less than two years of study)

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► Common Careers for this Major▼ Common Careers for this Major

People getting a certificate in this major often choose among careers such as (among others):

  • Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
  • Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

Why did people choose this program of study?Why did people choose this program of study?

"Executive Legal Assistant is what I wanted because I heard the money was good. I had heard that from several people."
"I wanted a job that I could find close to home. I also knew of many businesses looking for this position."
"I chose the Executive Assistant program because I eventually want to go on and earn a Masters of Health Administration, and I felt that this would be a good starting point."
"I chose this because my mother came from that background and I enjoyed being able to learn about what exactly my mother does. It was also an opportunity to pick up a skill that would help me achieve more in my personal life."
"I wanted to move from working on the floor to working in the office. The reviews about the program made the program seem credible."
"I excel at grammar and spelling. I am a multi-tasker and self-motivated."
"It was at one time steady work."
"I think I have a lot of good customer services skills and computer skills. I type extremely fast and am a really efficient worker but at the same time I am extremely polite and good at talking to people. Seemed like a good fit for my skill sets."
"Business administration seemed to be a broad, but relevant course of study. Again, it seemed the best direction to go considering I had little confidence in where I wanted my career to go."
"To my knowledge it's the quickest way to skip couple steps and be on the top with my career plans. Gaining experience much faster and learning how to use it in real life."
"I found it very relevant to my interests. Rhere are good job prospects in the region for executive assistants so I knew my program would be marketable."
"This fit me the best in my hobbies."
"Most of my high school training was clerical oriented. I had worked in various staff assistant positions and wanted to further my career and become an Executive Assistant and work for upper management."
"I already had years of working experience. I thought that adding some courses would strengthen my skills and my resume."
"I wanted to acquire marketable skills. My goal as to get a job that would give me a salary that gave me financial independence as soon as possible."
"To enhance my resume and be more acceptable for employers. To get a better career opportunity."
"I picked it because I feel that I am good with people. I also picked the program because I am very organized, and have great organizational skills."
"I was always good at organizing and taking care of others. It thought it played up to my strengths."
"I wanted to learn how to type fast without looking at the keyboard. And I wanted to learn more on how to use Microsoft Office programs in a work environment."
"My mother was a secretary when I was growing up, so that was something I wanted to do too. I wanted to be like her."
"The Business School opened up some graduate level courses for those undergrads who qualified after applying for a program. I had already been working as a runner at the Board of Trade, and desired greatly to one day become a trader (which I currently am!). I felt like a grown up and realized just how little I actually knew in comparison to these high achieving individuals. I did alright in the classes; but I realized that I was not nearly as smart as I thought, and it was a great motivator for me to try harder."
"I wanted decent wages for a small amount of schooling. It was cheaper than traditional universities."
"This was the only track at this particular location at the time."
"I love this kind of work, I enjoy helping others in every aspect of my life. I also knew that there was a lot that I could learn from taking an actual class."
"I did not want to pay for a four years of college. I was ready to begin a better career asap"
"I knew it would be difficult to find a job right out of college. I assumed this would help me get into a variety of businesses so I could find a niche."
"It fit the field I am working in"
"It was easy."

What surprised people about this program of study?What surprised people about this program of study?

"I was surprised by how long I remained in training. It took nearly a month before I was able to work a shift all by myself. I was also surprised by how many new computer programs I had to learn."
"I was surprised at the amount of grammatical and technical aspects needed to successfully work in the position that I do. Luckily, I excel at English and composition, so I do not struggle in this category."
"I was surprised at how difficult it was to find a job in that field. I probably wouldn't have chosen this field if I knew how difficult it would have been to find a job."
"I was surprised that much of the material that was covered was common sense. The most beneficial thing I took away from the program is that i developed critical thinking skills."
"I am surprised at how a simple study of typing, filing, shorthand (which is now fairly obsolete) and other basic office admin skills .. led me to the position i am in today. Hard work and persistence pays in the end. It may not be my end all .. but hey, I'm only 53... i've just begun!"
"I was surprised at the level of detail that is placed on the shoulders of the admin. I was also surprised at how it also works into management."
"I didn't really realize how competitive it is. A lot of people seem to be in this field and it can be hard to find jobs sometimes. It's gotten easier with more experience overall though. It can be hard dealing with people over the phone or in person in this type of position. I thought the general population of people would be nicer but they really aren't. A lot of the people I work with are also middle aged woman. I barely ever had a job where I worked with people my own age."
"I was surprised by how easy the college level courses were. I felt as though I was seldom challenged by the coursework and that most of the education I received was a repeat of my high school experience."
"In the beginning I was surprised how much match related knowledge You need to have. I wasn't prepare for that. BUT then during my career I was again surprised how small portion of that knowledge I'm actually using."
"I was surprised at how difficult the coursework was. I thought it would be pretty straight-forward and intuitive. I ended up learning a lot and most of what I learned has been job-relevant."
"There was a lot of note taking involved. It did not bother me as I love to take notes, but the amount of notes was surprising! I have never seen so many. All of my teachers made sure that we were all very organized."
"I was surprised at all the various aspects there were in becoming an Executive Assistant. You really need experience in everything from bookkeeping, typing to office management."
"Some of the classes seemed like filler and weren't very interesting or informative which felt like a waste of time. I expected the classes to be harder than they were."
"I was surprised how far I was able to go based on only one year or vocational study versus any college experience. I do know that a lot of this was due to my own work ethic and willingness to do whatever was necessary to satisfy the unique needs I encountered along the way. But I'm still impressed I was able to get interviews not supported by the school when I couldn't list a more traditional school/degree."
"I was surprised that the program was much easier than I thought, and was so related much than I would have expected to the field of most of the jobs."
"I was surprised that it wasn't more challenging in understanding legal terms. It was more based on the assistant aspects and what I might expect from the job."
"I was surprised with how much work and detail was involved to be a qualified executive assistant. There was much more to the job that I initially thought possible."
"I was surprised by the amount of work that was involved. I didn't expect that I would be not only setting up monthly department meetings, but that I would also be running them."
"I was surprised on how much detail you would need in writing a resume to make it successful in the hiring process. Also, didn't know before you should always as the interviewer relevant questions about the company you are applying to."
"I was surprised at how easy I was able to find work. However, since I grew up around this type of work, I am a natural at it. It is not hard for me to maneuver through my career and find good opportunities."
"I was most surprised to learn the varied backgrounds of those people who are most successful in the options trading sphere. There seems to be no overarching common thread or quality that is shared by this group."
"I was surprised at how difficult it was to complete the study. I picked it because I thought it would be easy."
"The progression that has taken place in regards to technology and it's expansion into the virtual field as well."
"I learned through my interviews that I was expected to lean Adobe and some other programs that I never heard about before. I felt lost when we talked about customs in other countries, it would have been nice to have had additional resources than what was provided."
"The thing which surprised me the most was the amount of different tasks I would be expected to complete. The job was a fast paced and learn as you go type of environment. Since it is a smaller company there were many tasks divided among few people so my job scope included more than what I was qualified for but it gave me experience so I do not mind."
"I was surprised at the amount of HR that is involved. I was also surprised at the amount of web platforms there are to assist in HR"
"Everything that I learned in my program I already knew. I was surprised that on the job training meant just as much as the program itself."
"I was surprised how much money was able to be made. I was so intrigued by the amount of money pumped into corporate businesses."