Are you looking to start a career as an Administrator or hoping to take some steps to push your Admin career to the next level? Administrators are the back bone of most businesses making sure things run smoothly behind the scenes and can lead to progression into management.

What makes a good Administrator?

To be a successful Administrator you must first and foremost be well organised and have excellent time management skills, many members of the business are likely to rely on you for these valued skills. You will be required to multi-task and prioritise your work load, things can change minute by minute for Administrators making it important to maintain a strong team ethic and the ability to work well under pressure.

You would be required to communicate at all levels of the business and between a several departments therefore the ability to build relationships with colleagues and communicate effectively is crucial and will highlight your professionalism. These qualities are key within all organisations and Administrators are often seen to be the glue that holds it all together.

Key responsibilities might also include:

  • Organisation of schedules and planning of meetings
  • Answering the telephone and emails
  • Writing of documentation
  • Note taking
  • Filing and implementation of filing systems
  • Ordering office supplies and monitoring stock
  • Scanning and photocopying
  • Implementing office procedures and updating any policies
  • Inputting and updating data

Most Administrative positons will require up to date knowledge of Microsoft packages including, Office, Word and Excel. Having a good technical understanding and being computer literate are required for most Admin roles. There are a number of ways to keep your tech skills up to scratch with some quick and easy online courses, here are some of our favourites:

To support your working experience you may have already completed or be studying towards a Business Administration Certificate 1 qualification that can also be followed up with a BTEC Certificate in the Principles of Business Administration level 2, we would highly recommend this a chosen path of study.

Business Administration Certificate 1 will give you a general understanding of how an office is organised, how to work as a team, IT skills, answering the phone and will help to build your confidence with these tasks giving you a helping hand in the workplace. This course will last 34 weeks and can be completed alongside your current responsibilities. Explore this qualification at Nottingham College.

Administrator’s average salary banding in the East Midlands - £16-23k per annum but this does vary depending on the organisation you’re in.