Every Day Is Different In The Administrative Profession
By Chrissy Scivicque, Eat Your Career
For me, what’s COOL about being an administrative professional is the variety of work you get to do. When I was an Executive Assistant, no two days were the same so I never knew what to expect.
Oh sure, I’d try to plan my day. But inevitably, unforeseen fires had to be put out—both figurative and literal—and sudden, unanticipated wrenches would get thrown my way. My job was to adapt. Roll with the punches, so to speak. I had to remain flexible so my boss always felt things were running smoothly, even when I was completely frazzled under the surface.
While that might sound overwhelming to some people, this is one area where administrative professionals excel. We understand that plans change. We know the most meticulously planned schedules get off track, bizarre and sometimes unbelievable emergencies come up, and last minute demands are just the nature of modern business. And we take it all in stride.
Every day is a surprise when you’re in admin. You might plan a company retreat today, and tomorrow you might take minutes at a board meeting. You might frantically schedule a dozen meeting for your boss’s big international trip this week, only to find out the next week that it’s been rescheduled and everything needs to be moved. There’s never a dull moment!
When you walk through the door each morning, take a second to appreciate the COOL factor of this. The future is unknown. But as an admin, you’re definitely a part of it. You’ll be called on to fix what’s broken, turn chaos to calm, and make the impossible look effortless. It’s all in day’s work for you.
So stay nimble. Be ready to spring into action when needed. And consider doing a few stretches at your desk so you don’t pull anything!
Please share your own thoughts on the variety of work you encounter and the unexpected nature of the job. How do YOU plan your day? And how do you deal with the “fire drills”?
Chrissy Scivicque is a writer and career coach. She helps professionals develop strategies and take meaningful action toward achieving career goals. You can find her at EatYourCareer.com. Stop by and pick up your FREE mini-workbook to find out just how nourishing your career really is and how you can make it even more so.