The role of secretary has been around for decades but the job has evolved in recent times due to developments in office technology and mobile communications. Often secretaries take on a role similar to a PA, supporting and providing clerical and administration work for a boss or group of senior employees. The position often provides a vital link between clients and key personnel. Most secretary jobs require a full vocational qualification and these can be achieved in colleges around the country. Typing skills – sometimes audio typing - and shorthand are the usual skills expectations for secretaries, and today knowledge of office management computer programmes such as Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint will be expected by most employers.