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What Are General Office Skills Classes?

What do you think of when you hear “general office skills classes?” Does it sound a little too… general? In reality, it’s anything but vague. Choosing to take general office skills training can lead to a specific career path. Classes could even change your life.

General Office Skills Classes

Taking classes during the day Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. takes just under six months to complete. Does evening work better for you because of daytime obligations? Night classes are available too. They’re offered Monday through Thursday from 5:45 p.m. to 9:55 p.m. and the program takes just under nine months to complete. There’s even a weekend option! In nine months, spending Saturdays and Sundays at school can lead you to a new career! No matter when you’re taking the classes, they’ll all cover the same valuable information. Courses in the curriculum include:

  • Business Communication
  • Computers
  • Keyboarding
  • Office Produces
  • Professional Development
  • Job Readiness

General Office Skills Degree

These classes work towards getting a General Office Skills degree. When job-searching, completing a focused program can set you apart. It shows employers you’re committed and knowledgeable to enter their workplace seamlessly. The variety of classes can also increase your chances of gaining employment. The tasks you’ll have to do at these jobs can vary greatly from office to office, but they can include:

  • Answering telephones, taking messages and transferring calls
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Updating event calendars
  • Arranging staff meetings
  • Handling incoming and outgoing mail and faxes
  • Preparing memos, invoices, or other reports
  • Editing documents
  • Maintaining electronic databases and paper filing systems
  • Performing basic bookkeeping


Learning general office skills can qualify you for a variety of different positions. Getting a job is the whole point of training, right? Your school’s career placement services can help you write résumés and prepare for interviews. You’ll also be taking classes that specifically help you be a better professional. Once you’re ready to start job searching, you’ll find there are lots of different job titles out there. The good news is that you might be qualified for many of them! These can vary depending on the office and the role, but some familiar job titles are:

  • Office Assistant
  • Data Entry Processor
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Front Office Coordinator
  • Call Center Associate
  • Law Offices
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Civil Service Positions
  • Bank and Credit Union Positions

Southwest Schools offers a General Office Skills program. You can enroll in classes at both our San Antonio and McAllen campuses. If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call at (830) 626-7007. You can even get a head start on your application online.