Common Misconceptions About Admins #2: It's Just a Job, Not a Career

it's a job, not a career

Some people say being an administrative professional is “just a job,” not a career. Well, it’s time to set the record straight.

In Part #1 of this blog series, the misconception highlighted was that being an admin is an easy job. Now let's put to rest another common misconception about being an admin: You’re just in a holding pattern until you figure out what you really want your career to be.

The truth is, well, that nothing could be further from the truth. By all means, you can have a rewarding career full of job satisfaction as an administrative professional. And as new administrative roles begin to shape the Office of the Future, your career possibilities will continue to expand. Listen to what these administrative professionals have to say about misconceptions and realities of their career path.


Let's take a look at a few of the trends that have made administrative work a rewarding career.

• Your responsibilities have grown

In recent years, offices have relied more heavily on admins to handle a wider variety of responsibilities. And you and your colleagues were more than prepared for the new challenges. This trend has helped lead to administrative professionals becoming industry experts with increasingly advanced skills.

• You’ve taken on new roles

So what are some of the skills admins have added to their resumes? In today’s workforce, administrative professionals are donning the caps of project managers, social media gurus and in-house tech specialists, among others. Increasingly, you are monitoring and responding to customer feedback on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest. And you have proficiency in database management software like FileMaker Pro and Microsoft Access, Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Visio, and SAP or other enterprise resource planning systems.

Job titles are evolving to reflect increased responsibilities as admins rise through the ranks, according to our research. Chief administrative officer, director of first impressions and administrative chief of staff are just a few emerging job titles.

• You’re an integral part of the team

Your work has always been important to your organization. However, as your responsibilities grow, so does your value to the organization. Your opinions about projects are well-regarded and people value your suggestions for how to improve the efficiency of office operations.

Career Options for Admins

Here are four of the many administrative career paths you have available. (Check out the OfficeTeam Salary Guide for more.)

1. Senior executive assistant: Working with the most senior managers can be a fast-paced and rewarding career. Bonus: This position is currently in high demand.
2. Specialized legal assistant: Legal assistants pick up a great understanding of the branch of law their practice specializes in. With law firms increasingly turning their attention to client services, this position should be heating up.
3. Office manager: If you’re a master coordinator with strong office support management skills, this could be the job for you.
4. Project manager: Do you have excellent leadership skills and an attention to detail? Put them to use as you plan, implement and track projects.

Behind every successful organization are stellar admins who keep the company’s operations functioning at peak levels. Their work is not just a job: It’s a career with many opportunities for professional growth.

For more information about the growing importance of the administrative role, visit our Office of the Future page.

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