- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
This is part rant, part genuinely asking for help…
I am 35. I went to college and am very close to graduation…But I decided to change my major to better suit the direction I want to go in. I hope I can start this summer or fall. I was studying Psych and now plan on getting a degree in Communications.
Between stopping school and deciding to go back I had a pretty long stint at one company where I held three positions. Two were admin, the last was communications oriented where I did a lot of editing, writing and marketing related things. The company I worked at, world-wide, is very prominent in it’s industry. When I left there, I expected to find something in a similar field but I haven’t had ANY luck.
Since Jul 2011 I have been called and called and called about admin positions. Temp work…admin. No matter what I say…it’s all admin. (Do these people even read resumes, I wonder?) Yes, I realize there are many people who would love to have this “problem” but I am really upset. I needed a job, so I took a basic position and was quickly hired for, you guessed it…admin. It was seriously the worst job I’ve ever had. I was miserable. Admin work, for me personally, is very mind-numbing. There is no creativity. Perhaps the worst is that it is thankless. I can’t tell you how demeaning it is to have to order food for people, clean up their mess and put it all away like you are at home. Perhaps some don’t mind…but I do! Admins also tend to get the brunt of everything…work, attitude, etc. If someone doesn’t want to do it, they give it to admins. I have seen it time and time again. Yes, I think they have value (usually more than others!) but most people do not utilize them correctly. I’m not sure if it’s the state I’m in or the industry in which I have worked, but I have still been referred to as a “secretary”. That wasn’t even my title. A secretrary to me, is on “Mad Men”, in politics or it sits in the corner of a home office. A secretary is not a real person…not today.
I am extremely creative. I work well with all kinds of personalities. Very little intimidates me. I love to learn. I produce results. I love talking to and in front of people…I love presentations. I am excellent with computers and all sorts of programs. This all among other things… I’m not “perfect” but I have worth. I have so much to give professionally…I can feel it.
How do I change career paths???
I have changed/formatted my resume. I don’t apply for admin roles. I even applied for retail, hoping to “start clean” so I could do that while I go back to school. No such luck. Just this morning, I responded to an email, for you guessed it…Admin work. I even signed up to volunteer that would involve talking to people, just so I could put that experience on my resume. I also want to give back to my community.
I need work. I wasn’t planning on working and going to school at the same time, but if I have to do that, I will. I don’t expect to be in school longer than 2 years.
What do I do? Take an admin job I hate and be miserable for the next 2 years? The reason I quit last one was because I was literally unhappy…crying every day, M-F, because I was bored and not respected – my boss bordered on sexual harrassment. No matter how much work I asked for…it never came. I was also exposed to harmful chemicals and odors on a daily basis and was never moved, no matter how many times I asked. Fiance couldn’t take it any longer and encouraged me to leave. I don’t want to repeat this…at all.
Please help me, Bees!!!!!