Working as an assistant is a fantastic way to try out an industry and gain valuable experience and insights that will help you to work out if a particular career is right for you. Assistant roles and often good, entry level positions that can provide you with crucial experience across a number of different industries and businesses. Some examples of assistant positions include Legal Assistant, Medical Assistant, Photographer's Assistant, Veterinary Assistant and Laboratory Research Assistant.
Whatever industry you go into, assistants typically provide support to senior professionals, managers or owners, undertaking the required duties, whether they be of an administrative, clerical, scientific or practical nature. For example, an administrative assistant could expect to answer the phone and take messages, prepare travel itineraries, book appointments and arrange meetings, while a veterinary assistant might be required to liaise with customers, provide basic care to animals and assist the veterinarian while they are treating an animal. You can often work as an assistant without any formal qualifications, although some roles may require a TAFE qualification or some type of prior work experience. Assistants are required all over Australia, from offices in business districts to regional centres and even in remote areas including mining facilities. From an assistant position it may be possible to be promoted within an industry once you have gained the necessary training or on the job experience.
Responsibilities for assistants vary widely based on the industry and nature of the organisation, but most assistants can expect to work closely with another professional, a team or a manager, providing them with support and undertaking tasks to assist them in their work. They may be required to work in an office environment, a hospital or on the road with their employer, depending on the role. Travel may be required, especially if they need to attend meetings, training sessions or events.