Typist | Selby College
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Typists use a computer to produce letters, reports and other documents.

Potential salary

£14,000 to £24,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

38 to 40 a week

  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • copy typing - working from hand-written notes
  • audio typing - typing while listening to spoken notes on audio tape
  • shorthand typing - taking notes in shorthand and typing up the information later
  • working with computer spreadsheets and databases
  • answering the telephone
  • using office equipment like photocopiers and franking machines
  • dealing with post and emails
  • filing documents

You could work in an office.

With experience and training, you could become a secretary, personal assistant or office manager.

You could also become self-employed.

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