Oh abd in regards to getting started with a course- look online or at your local Tafe.
OP I hope you don't mind if I ask Boost a question as I don't mean to hijack your thread but I was wondering, would you look at a resume that although Cert 3 has not been completed, I have spent 14 yeas in administration? I am currently a return to work coordinator and am looking at getting into medical reception as I love anything medical related. I am looking at doing a medical terminology certificate .. would that suffice for you along with my experience if you were looking to hire?
Yes, with 14 years exp, but I would put in your contract that you needed to do some work based study/training. So for example a cert III in business or accounting etc, which you would pay for, but is tax deductible.
@first time mummy- given your 14 years, you could probably get recognised prior learning and head straight in to a Cert IV or Diploma. I would tend to favour you on experience alone, if you were willing to study. But someone with minimal experience, I wouldn't consider without the Cert. Saying that though I put on a girl with Advanced Diplomas and excellent marks- but lacks common sense and usually rang a patient 4-5 times to schedule 1 appointment!!! So resumes really need examples to answer key selection criteria. And don't wear too much make-up to interviews. I never like that lol
Sometimes going to an employment agency can help, they will find jobs for you.
When I was 20 I took a year off from uni and just started a part time reception job, I had no experience. I got it through an employment agency. It was just answering phones, but after 6 months they asked me to fill in as EA to the boss, and I then ended up doing that permanently. That then lead to working as EA to a professor and then to a big CEO. If you start small, it’s very easy to work your way up and you can study while you are working. I’d suggest getting up to date in Microsoft office suite (word, excel, outlook, powerpoint, access) maybe take a couple of short courses. A lot of places will give you a try without much experience if you are bright and have a good personality. If you end up working for a small business, a bit of myob knowledge or similar programs doesn’t hurt. Usually they are want someone who looks professional and is friendly and approachable.
Best of luck!
OP, would you consider doing a Cert. IV in TAE and training people at TAFE in childcare? They pay between $35-65 per hour and the course can be done express style, from home or over 3,6, or 12 months in a classroom environment. Not at all reception work but uses the skill set you already have without being in a daycare environment.
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