Happy Administrative Professionals Week! An Admirable Profession

First, I want to thank my incredible administrative partner who grew into a Vice President at Office Dynamics . . . Jasmine Freeman. I always say an executive assistant will make or break an executive and Jasmine has certainly allowed me to be successful.

The Administrative Profession Is An Admirable Profession

Happy Administrative Professionals Week! Wow, I can’t believe it is that time of year again. Of course this profession is near and dear to my heart since I worked in the administrative profession for 20 years and Office Dynamics has been dedicated to administrative training and development for 25 years. This truly is very special and you have been a big part of our success.

One thing I wanted to talk about today is the many skills you develop when you work in the administrative profession. When I think back to my 20 years, all the different companies I worked in and people I supported and met, it is incredible. I can do what I do today because of what I learned during those 20 years.

Assistants manage crazy schedules that constantly change, create order out of chaos, plan complex trips, book hotels, deal with difficult people, prepare meeting rooms, greet visitors and ensure their needs are met, run a busy executive’s life, manages stress, is a gatherer of information, deals with complex systems, interacts with hundreds of personalities, has to be organized, be a leader, be assertive and so much more.

Those are all skills that transfer to your personal life and skills that you will take with you the rest of your life. I am a business owner, CEO, speaker and consultant. I have to be extremely organized, deal with multiple personalities, manage my time, gather and process tons of information, be a leader, be assertive, tactfully communicate with other CEOs, consult with CEOs, teach others and the list goes on.

I remember when I started speaking, other experienced speakers (who had never been assistants) came to me to help them set up and organize their client files. They weren’t great with their follow-up systems and managing their travel. I was excited to realize all the skills I developed by being an executive assistant would be fully utilized in my new career.

It’s Administrative Professionals Week. As you live out this special week in honor of your profession, I hope you see it as a worthwhile career. You get to work with the movers and the shakers; you know and learn things other people in your company are not privy to! It is an admirable profession and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Why did I leave after 20 years? Because I had tremendous exposure during my career. I was pretty mobile and had numerous experiences. I felt quite passionate about providing in-depth training and learning opportunities to assistants to fill a huge gap that I saw as an assistant. It made no sense to me that executive and administrative assistants did not get the caliber of training and learning that their executive got. So I am still very involved in the profession.

Be proud of the path you have chosen. Celebrate you this week! You don’t need to wait for someone to take you to lunch or buy you flowers. (Although that is really nice.) Even better is being supported in your professional development.

How will you be celebrating Administrative Professionals Week this year? 

Have a fantastic week!

Joan Burge

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12 thoughts on “Happy Administrative Professionals Week! An Admirable Profession”

  1. Awesome article! You’re never too old to learn and I’ve been registering for as many free webinar that I can to continue to polish skills. Today I received Linked in message regarding Bonnie Low-Kramen “Chaage Just Ahead,” forwarding an article on making a transition plan when a valued employee leaves by Rebecca Knight for Harvard Business Review. I love the inspirations that come Office Dynamic and I wish everyone a happy APW!

  2. Debbie Bridge, CAP-OM, MOS

    I celebrated by attending four (4) free webinars today. I actually signed up for six (6) but was not able to attend two of them due to the projects I needed to get completed. I am looking forward to being able to listen to them again and see my tip I may have missed while I handle the requests that were asked of me.

    I also received messages from two of my past supervisors which was nice that they still think of me on this day. I would go work for them again if they called me.

  3. I forget all that is involved in my job until someone new at being an Admin comes along and reminds me how complicated our jobs are. These jobs can truly be just about anything! Happy APW everyone!

  4. I have been an assistant for over 30 years and have loved being in this field. I started with a manual typewriter…LOL Then I switched jobs to work on an IBM Selectric Typewriter that stored 100 pages of documents….very easy to retrieve and edit. I got a word processor in 1984. I love learning new technology and believe the Microsoft Products are excellent.

    I learn something from every manager I have worked for.

    We have admins located remotely but I am personally taking out the two admins on our team this Friday and will celebrate during lunch time.

    Here’s to a great profession!

  5. Sandy Middleton

    Thank you Joan! I am so happy that I chose this profession. Across the span of 33 years now, I have held a great variety of positions, under a good number of varying titles, reporting to every department in the corporate world with the only exception being HR and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. There is no other role that provides the variety and educational opportunities, which have provided me with the personal and professional growth I have been afforded. The plan is to continue in this lifetime journey and want to thank you for being an integral part of my life during the past 7 years of this journey!

  6. Happy Administrative Professionals Week to you Joan and your staff. You do a great job and represent us well. Continue the great work! This is a great profession and we all need the recognition and appreciation and training you give us. Thanks again, one Admin to another. Have a great week!

  7. First off, I would like to just say thank you to every Admin I run across this week, including the one’s I work with, and network with. Being new in the profession, it has been the greatest resource and I am grateful and thankful for all the assistance 🙂 How ironic 🙂

    Thank you Joan and Jasmine for this great resource! Thank you for the videos and trainings!

  8. I’m going to bring in flowers for my desk. I’ve got a new boss, so I’m not sure what to expect from her so will see……

  9. I am celebrating Admins week by having a renewed passion for what I do and doing my job to best of my ability.

  10. I have been an administrative assistant for 25 years now and I can relate. I have gone from typing on a typewriter to a computer. I have had to learn new skills during my career and continue to learn each and every day. I am always looking for new things to learn. You are never too old to learn something new.

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