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I need to take classes in 2013 Microsoft PPoint,Excel,Word,

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I need to take classes in 2013 Microsoft Office (PPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook) for beginners, Intermediate and advanced. What schools would you suggest that will certify you once you pay or sign up to attend. Do they have sumer classes? Or any websites that give you the best in these courses you would suggest I need to learn immediately. Is Admin Asst jobs still paying well. I lost my job as an admin asst 3.5 yrs ago and am really rusty on my skills. However, have worked as an admin for 12 years before that. Currently I am in customer service on the Floor selling flooring products at a Major Home Provider (THD). It does not pay well and they are not hiring permanent nor do I want to stay there. I need an office position with benefits that pays over 35-40K minimum. I am very stressed if I go to an agency they will test me on that software. I will not do well right now if they test me. I would even do medical assistant (however) I would need a school to get certified in that as well. Or something in the medical field like sonogram or Electrologist (a school that is 1 year maximum) to get certified in any of these above. I do not have a college degree. I have 9 months at Berkeley College years ago when I took the Intensive Secretarial Program. I am self-supporting, have a mortgage and need a good job and do not have the funds right now for a 2 year school - so I need less than 1 year and sell my place or get training during the day or evening and work part-time (which will be hard to keep up with the bills). Please give me your best advice on all above.   I live in Northern NJ.  Clifton, but will attend anyting within 40 miles of the area.

Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Job
Expert:  Michael replied 4 years ago.
It sounds like you are dealing with some life and career changing developments that many of us are dealing with in this economy. From what you are written about, it sounds like you have a clear understanding of what you wish to accomplish and take the necessary steps to get this career decisions going.

I am happy to offer some advise as well as research some information to help you get to a better economic and career lifestyle as soon as possible.

1. As for classes that you can take to be certified in Microsoft Office, here are some schools that you can contact for information:

ONLC Training Centers are located all over the tri-state area:

Ramapo College offers certification. Their site lists 2010 but I am sure they also have 2013 as well:

I would also recommend contacting your local community college for courses they offer for certification near your home:

Once you become comfortable and confident in working with Microsoft Office 2013, you will not feel stressed when you visit an agency that will test you on that software as I know you will do a fine job.

2. As for information on becoming an administrative assistant (salary experience, career development), here is the latest from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Information on Medical Assistant:

Quite alot here to go over so please look at everything and let me know if I can be of additional assistance by contacting me any day of the week.

Librarian Michael

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Any online courses that you may provide that are free that certify you - you did not respond to medical field if I wanted to go into lab tech, or ultrasound or electro monitoring etc.

Expert:  Michael replied 4 years ago.
For online courses that are free and also will certify you after you finish, it is a bit difficult as many services offer a subscription service in order to use their system for study. I would check first though with your local community college since they will offer a lower price for their classes and can also have you certified as well.

For online courses that you can follow up with:

Office 2013 is new so many online courses do not yet have classes available. Having certification in 2010 would do just fine and an agency would be happy to have your knowledge in using this systems.

For classes such as this:

As for a career in the medical field (lab and clinical), here is the latest information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that goes into great detail on salary, job opportunities, as well as how to become one: