You could go in straight from school, usually with 3 subjects at National 4 or 5 including English and Maths.
In other cases, you could take a full time course at college. Relevant courses include an NC or NQ (SCQF Levels 4-6), HNC (SCQF Level 7) or HND (SCQF Level 8) in administration or business before applying for a job.
There are often no formal entry requirements for an NQ or NC but some colleges may ask for 3-4 subjects at National 4 or 5.
Entry requirements for an HNC or HND are 1-2 Highers plus some subjects at National 4 or 5.
You could enter through the Business Skills Foundation Apprenticeship (FA), which you can start in S5 and study at school and college. Entry requirements vary between colleges, but you usually need 3 subjects at National 5 including English and Maths.
You may get in through a Modern Apprenticeship.
You usually need good IT skills.
What Does it Take?
You should be:
able to follow instructions closely and accurately
able to spell, punctuate and do basic number work with or without a calculator
familiar with using a computer
well organised and methodical
able to communicate well face to face and on the phone
able to work as part of a team.
Training is usually on the job.
If you do not already have an NQ, NC, HNC or HND you could study part time for an SVQ Business and Administration at SCQF Levels 5 and 6.
If you do a Foundation or Modern Apprenticeship, you would study for the relevant SVQs.
You could be promoted through the grades from administrative assistant to administrative officer.
You might become a supervisor or team leader and then an office manager.
You could also gain wider experience and broaden your career by moving to different types of organisations.