For the last several years, I’ve been an administrative assistant. It wasn’t what I planned, or wanted. I fell into it and the longer I was in it, the harder it was to climb out. I also allowed myself to believe I couldn’t do more.
Took me awhile, but now I know that’s a crock of shit.
And with a new job offer that ushers in a career change, I will say goodbye to my admin hat, but not the work habits I’ve learned.
- I can determine priorities and adjust workloads accordingly.
- I’ve worked with different personalities, sometimes very difficult personalities.
- I’ve learned new software in a very short amount of time.
- I’ve become extremely efficient.
- I’m organized, OCD/anal retentive level organized.
- I nail deadlines.
While the work’s not for me, I do appreciate what admins juggle and put up with on a daily basis.
Do you have an admin in your office? Thank him/her. Buy them a cup of coffee, send an email to their boss saying how awesome they are – you may poo-poo those ideas, think they’re insignificant, but trust me, the appreciation really goes a long way.
In two weeks, I move forward onto a new career, but the lessons learned with carry with me no matter where I go or what I do.