Post # 1
I’ve worked clerical positions for over 6 years. I spend most of that time at one company, where I was promoted twice. I’ve always considered myself a valuable member of a team. As an admin, I did/do tons of things – proofreading, scheduling, organizing… It’s a very essential job.
But today, my supervisor told an assistant one level higher than me that they are not paid to make copies, I am. I have never felt so humiliated in my job. I do good work. I created a work safety packet that is now to be used by the whole company. I used to manage 3 other clerical workers. I have planned big party events for my company. I’m not just a copy maker.
The problem is, I don’t know where to go from here. This job is a contract job, set to end in March. The only thing I know is how to be a secretary. I’m one class away from my degree in history, but I can’t take that class until Summer 2012, because that’s when it’s offered again. (History was a stupid idea – I don’t want to teach.)
The plan was to go to law school, but there are just absolutely no jobs for lawyers, and the job market for paralegals sucks (because law school grads are taking those jobs). I feel like I’m stuck in a administrative position, and this is not a fun place to be.
Post # 3
What do you love about your job? Which tasks to you enjoy doing, and is there something in them that you could make a career out of?
I was an exec asst. for about 8+ years. When I got laid off, I finished my degree (pushed myself to take 10 classes over 6 months). So I was in a similar place to you. I knew I didn’t want to go back into the work force as an assistant, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I realized the party of my job I loved was the planning, the travel and event planning, and that’s what I wanted to do.
Also, being an exec asst is a great career if you really enjoy what you do. My last job was at a company who really valued assistants and realized how much we did behind the scenes. So, if it’s what you enjoy doing stick with it, just find a company who realizes you work hard and that you do a lot more than make copies. Work your way up to work for a CEO or President of a good sized company and you can make some good money.
Finally, if you are able to without getting in trouble, perhaps remind the person who said that how much more you do than make coffee. They sound rude and disrespectful – but don’t let them get you down.
Post # 4
I’m not sure I love anything about my job. I just like being useful, and I’m very good at my job. I have an idea of getting my masters in Urban Planning, but its a risky move. 🙂
I wish I could say something, but she can fire me in a heartbeat. I can’t risk that.