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Just the Savvy Ones. Recognizing Career Love.

Author: Kemeia MK Foley, CAP-OM

It’s Administrative Professionals Week 2016.

Fantabulous.

I can think of no better way to celebrate than to acknowledge the spirit of the celebratory week than to share why I get so fired up about this profession.

Here are the top ten reasons Why I love being in this profession.

  1. I love lists. The admin profession is BUILT for people that love list-making.
  2. I get to contribute. I can see what is needed, where it’s needed, why it’s needed- and then explain how it will benefit our organization.
  3. I am a people-person. I genuinely like to be of service. Again, this role is custom-made for that approach.
  4. I get to beta-test most of the new equipment and software first. We’re usually the first in line to get the new stuff and let Information Services know what does and does not work.
  5. The profession is portable. Administrative Professionals are needed all over the world. The stronger your skills, including language skills, the more opportunities are available.
  6. I can work 9-5, flex, part-time or be super-involved, all the way up to running someone’s estate. There are also many opportunities to travel.
  7. Salary range – Yes, you can make six figures if you have the skills and drive. You need to know how and where to pursue that level of our occupation.
  8. Social has brought widespread attention and a more public recognition of our field. Business and government leaders are increasingly recognizing the value we bring to our organizations.
  9. I have an office supply addiction. Enough said.
  10. Network. I love our career network. Administrative Professionals truly were the original social network. I can reach out to any of my peers across the globe and know that we will help one another. Is there competition? Sure, sometimes. Ninety-nine percent of the time there is an empathetic soul that knows I’ve got their back and they’ve got mine.

To paraphrase a Morris Day and The Time song lyric,

This profession isn’t for everyone, just the savvy ones.

Kemetia-Foley-Round-WebAbout Kemetia …

Finance and Customer Service Coordinator, American Staffing Association
Workforce Development Instructor, Northern Virginia Community College
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration – University of Mary Washington
Certified Administrative Professional: Organizational Management

More than 20 years of providing executive-level administrative support across the sectors of healthcare, higher education, corporations and trade associations.
Champions the importance and economic impact of competent, dedicated administrative professionals in the global workforce.

Love the NHL and NFL. My sports loyalties split between the cities of Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, DC. Experienced Storyteller. I may or may not have a coffee addiction. #NoJudging. I can be followed @OfficeRenegade on Twitter.

My motto is #KeepLearningKeepGrowing

See Kemetia at the 2016 Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence in Las Vegas this October – The Revolutionary Assistant.

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19 thoughts on “Just the Savvy Ones. Recognizing Career Love.”

  1. Robin Michaels

    I love your motto! To borrow a thought from Dory from “Finding Nemo”: “Keep on learning, keep on learning, keep on learning, learning, learning …”

  2. I’m right there with ya, sista, especially with planners and office supplies! We can reason out our addiction!

  3. This is a great list that shows Kemetia’s passion for the profession. I love that it gives me the opportunity to meet and work with people from all across the organization who I might not have otherwise met, and love that my skills are transferable just about anywhere.
    And then there is the office supply addiction…

  4. I love pretty much everything about working in an office…except the phone traffic. Do you (or anyone) have suggestions on how to be more at ease on the phone? Once I know my job thoroughly I do relax, but the fear of never knowing who (or what crisis) is on the other line when you pick up the receiver makes my stomach knot up.

    1. Dear Sharon,

      Here are two tips that work for me:

      If you do not know how to respond in the moment, stall. Tell the caller, “I’m in the middle of something right now, can I get back to you?” (or something along those lines), that should buy you the time you need to do necessary research or simply think about your reply.

      I hope someone has a better tip than this one: I, too (in most cases) prefer not to speak on the phone, however some calls are unavoidable. I will often reply to a voicemail with an email. Over time I find people are more likely to email me than call.

      I hope this helps. Good luck!

      Kind regards,
      Stacey

  5. I love numbers 1 and 2. But the reason that I love being an admin, is for the challenge of doing something different every day. I am not one that likes to be bored! I like being the person that people go to when they need assistance. If I can make someone’s day better, that is a great day!

  6. I whole heartedly agree especially with number 9! I can honestly say that I love my career and can sometimes feel at a loss when I have days off with nothing planned. I believe one of the best things about being an admin is the way we all help each other – it’s like an unwritten code – it doesn’t matter what country you are in or if you even know each other or not. Blogs like this as well as other social network groups have widened the reach for sharing best practice and I love reading all the hints, tips and advice from fellow admins. Keep up the great work everyone and enjoy this week you thoroughly deserve it!

  7. I agree Kemetia I love my career! According to my mother, I have been busily organizing people and situations since I was four years old! This career path is definitely not for everyone, and not just anyone can do what we do! We are amazing, resourceful, thoughtful, pragmatic, organized, efficient, observant, smart, intelligent, quick, adaptable, flexible, saavy, grateful, enterprising, out-of-the box, challenged, always learning, ever-evolving individuals. There is no one like an assistant, we rule!!!

  8. Dear Kemetia – your enthusiasm is infectious! Thank you for this post.

    After more than a decade of trying to get out of the “admin pigeonhole” and onto a “real” career path, I am finally choosing to leave the frustration behind and embrace my path as it is, and not as I wish it had been. I’m energized by the possibilities I imagine, and am starting to enjoy making the most of what I am: a stellar admin with an appetite for improvement.

    You’ve just given me 10 more reasons to love my career!

  9. Unlike some admins I did not choose this path, but I’m glad it found me. I never made the association between my love for lists and my job, but it is true! This was not only informative but fun, too!

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