PERCEPTION OF SECRETARIAL PROFESSION IN THE ERA OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (A CASE STUDY OF OSUN STATE POLYTECHNIC, IREE)

ABSTRACT

 This study examined HND student’s Perception of Secretarial Profession in the Era of Information and Communication Technology. (ICT). (A case study of the Department of Office Technology and Management, Osun state Polytechnic, Iree). This was to find out the relevant of the Information and Communication Technology in the Secretarial Profession. The frame work for data collection for this research work was based on four questions. These are: To what extent is the relevance of Information and Communication Technology to today’s office manager duties? To what extent can Information and Communication Technology stand or replace the position of shorthand in secretarial profession?, To what extent does the shorthand skill acquired by office Technology Management students relevant in the era of Information and Communication Technology?, To what extent is Shorthand skill relevant to the future of Secretarial Profession?. A total number of thirty-one (31) HND students of Office Technology and Management in Osun state polytechnic, Iree were studied and respond to questionnaire given. Relevant literature’s were reviewed and sited, different authors relating to the topic were also discussed. A well structured questionnaire was constructed and administered on the topic. Data collected were analyzed by using simple mean. Based on the findings, it was concluded that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is relevant to today’s office managers duties, that Information and Communication Technology can stand or replace position of shorthand in secretarial profession, that the shorthand skill acquired by Office Technology and Managent students does not relevant in the era of Information and Communication Technology, but should not be neglected, that the future of Shorthand skill will still relevant to Secretarial Profession . The researcher hereby recommend that: The business curriculum should be reviewed from time to time, Institution of higher learning should fully equip Office Technology and Management department with modern Information and Communication Technology gadgets, Office Technology student should attend workshops, conferences and seminar relevant to Information and Communication Technology, Government must provide fund for the modern Information and Communication Technology equipment, Shorthand should not be taking away, but can be reduce in unit course.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS NEEDED BY SECRETARIAL STUDENTS IN HIGHER INSTITUTIONS (A CASE STUDY OF OSUN STATE POLYTECHNIC, IREE)

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 The research work focus on the English language skills needed by secretarial students in Higher Institutions. A case study of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree. The population of this research work comprises the total number of 54 students. The sample of the study consists of 27 students. And researcher use various textbooks and oral interview and a well structured questionnaires were formulated and administered. Four researcher questions were used for this study (i) What are the spelling skill needed by secretariat students? (ii) What are the speaking skills needed by secretarial students? (iii) What are the literary appreciation skills needed by secretarial students? (v) What are the punctuation skills needed by secretarial students? The findings from this research question are (i) no English language spelling skill is too insignificant to influence secretarial students’ prospects (ii) speaking skill is just as important as spelling competences of English language (iii) literary appreciation skill language can contribute significantly to secretarial students’ prospects (iv) many punctuation skill needed by secretarial students. Recommendation were made that English language skill must be introduced into the curriculum of all secretarial and computer related courses. And it was conducted that English language skill is important that even the most insignificant English language skill can unexpectedly turn the table in a negotiation, interview or contest. The four English language skills are indispensable to successful performance of secretarial students.