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Why The Administrative Profession Is A Career Of Choice

In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, I want to share my thoughts on being an executive or administrative assistant. When people tell me, “Anyone can do that job,” it bothers me. It tells me that person doesn’t really know what it takes to be a great assistant. Being in the administrative profession is a career of choice.

I hear it from both sides of the desk. I hear assistants talk about their job or the profession as if it is no big deal. I hear managers or Human Resources professionals say it doesn’t take any special skill to be an administrative assistant. These people are naïve, to say the least.

A true Executive Assistant must do 100 things well. A stellar Executive Assistant must think of every detail for every function such as calendar management, travel planning, meeting preparation and execution, and e-mail management. Those are just the fundamentals. Top-performing executive assistants or administrative assistants must also be:

  • Persuasive
  • A leader
  • Organized
  • Intuitive
  • A mind reader
  • Creative
  • Approachable
  • Technically proficient
  • Director of office operations
  • Liaison
  • Manager of your executive’s work-life
  • Stress reducer
  • And more. I’m sure you get the picture.

Working in the administrative profession can be very rewarding if you choose to step outside of your comfort zone and take risks. Assistants can create the type of career they want today. They can choose to expand their job right where they are now. An assistant can strive to be a strategic business partner with his or her executive, but it takes work.

If you are considering being an executive assistant, keep in mind that the opportunities are limitless.

If you have been in the administrative profession for 25+ years, know that you can keep growing, expanding, and learning. In fact, you need to continually learn and grow.

If you have been in the administrative profession for around 10 years, think about what you can do to add more interest to your job. Also, be sure to set goals for where you want to be in 3 years and 5 years.


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6 thoughts on “Why The Administrative Profession Is A Career Of Choice”

  1. I have been an administrative professional for 26 years–since we were simply called secretaries, which implied that we just answered phones, made coffee and took dictation. Actually, I didn’t do much more than that back then. In that time the profession has grown by leaps and bounds to include so many more tasks–mind reading notwithstanding! I always say that my current position as an administrative secretary has a core set of duties, as well as whatever else finds it way onto my desk. When I began in my department there were two administrative secretaries, but now there is just me, and so I’m a bit busier than before–I’m also called the assistant to an executive-level manager. I value my position and I enjoy being in the know on many things. I also enjoy being the “go to” person for many things. My position can be challenging sometimes, but I take on tasks willingly because I like being able to help out if I am able. I get a sense of satisfaction out of my job however tedious it can be at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  2. Thank you for having our backs! It is nice to hear the support. Also the position is very rewarding even if you do not always see the rewards.

  3. Being an Admin is the best place for me. It allows me to use my skills and do what I love; help others succeed.

  4. I really do appreciate this Blog-A-Thon. It’s great to be reminded that our jobs are important and that the work that we do makes a difference. Thanks for celebrating Admins this month!

  5. <3 all the love for our profession. I work very hard to keep up-to-date and work hard to take care of my executives. THIS is MY career and I am PROUD of it. (climbing off soapbox) Have a great weekend everyone!

  6. I LOVE BEING AN ADMIN! Best career in the world for those of us who enjoy juggling a variety of projects and people! Thank you Office Dynamics for valuing this amazing profession!

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