Yes, there are other office products out there besides Microsoft Office. But if you work in the administrative field for any length of time, you’ll soon discover that Microsoft Office is the industry standard for office administration. And, when you reach the upper echelons of your administrative career, you will be expected to know the software inside and out.
If you don’t already have a strong handle on using Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, and Outlook, then I have a tip for you! Microsoft has a website of training tutorials. Even if you’re fairly well versed in using most of the Microsoft Office products, you can probably find a tutorial here that will help you update your skills. And let’s face it, in today’s competitive market, it’s important to have your skills as up to date as possible. While they have tutorials for Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook, they also have tutorials for some of the less commonly known applications like Visio, Access, and Publisher.
Whether you’re just starting out or have been an administrative professional for decades, odds are you’ll find a tutorial there that will teach you something new.