If you’re a natural organiser and enjoy administrative work, a career as an Office Manager could be for you.
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Required School Subjects
You will need to have taken the following subjects at high school:
- Pure Mathematics
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It is possible to become an Office Manager of a smaller company with a technical diploma, you do not necessarily need a bachelor’s degree. However, the higher end companies will potentially look for someone who has a bachelor’s degree in administration, business management or someone who has a degree in general. It depends what kind of position you are aiming for. When studying a bachelors degree, your opportunities can broaden.
You will need to have the following skills to succeed as an Office Manager:
- problem-solving skills
- active listening
- attention to detail
- the ability to work under pressure
- an aptitude for maths and science
- ability to think critically
- an interest in software design and development
Where can you work
There is a range of environments that you could work in as an Office Manager:
- Any office environment, whether corporate or not
- Legal firms
- Financial services
- Government offices
- Engineering firms
- Transport companies
- Charity organisations
The list can go on and your opportunity is endless.
Regular working hours for Office Managers is between 35 – 45 hours per week.
What to Expect
Here are a few things you can expect from a career as an Office Manager:
- Expect to manage both people and communicate effectively with people.
- Expect to manage and organise filing systems and keep a record of company information.
- Expect to keep the operations of an office space running smoothly.
- You might need to be involved with disciplinary actions of staff members, and also to be involved or oversee recruiting of new staff.
- You’ll be expected to manage staff workload, capacity and efficiency.
- Expect to be in the firing line for customer relations, questions and to assist customers when it comes to the company.
- You may be required to travel to other branches of your organisation and also potentially to attend or even give training.
- Expect to look after the company budget and finances.