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NONPROFIT EXEC ADMIN/OFFICE MANAGER, IN-DEPTH: I Wanted To Be Part Of Something Bigger Than Myself

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Karen, an executive administrator and office manager, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She decided to work for StudentsFirst because she wanted to be part of something bigger than herself, and the goal of providing better education opportunities attracted her to the position.

Degree: Business and Marketing
Job Title: Executive Administrator/Office Manager
Employer: StudentsFirst.org

Job Summary: Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

Job Description

Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and organizational tasks. They organize files, draft messages, schedule appointments, and support other staff.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Recommended by te Legal Secretaries International.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $55,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Written communication skills, Technical skills, People skills, Organizational skills

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m='12100'>emotional.</span> <span m='14480'>They</span> <span m='15540'>thrill</span> <span m='15840'>me.</span> <span m='16180'>They</span> <span m='16320'>just</span> <span m='16550'>really</span> <span m='16790'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='18020'>I</span> <span m='18230'>would</span> <span m='18470'>say</span> <span m='19110'>the</span> <span m='19290'>most</span> <span m='19740'>challenging</span> <span m='20420'>part</span> <span m='20650'>of</span> <span m='20720'>my</span> <span m='20940'>job</span> <span m='21620'>is</span> <span m='21970'>some</span> <span m='22490'>of</span> <span m='22930'>the</span> <span m='23030'>technology.</span> <span m='23930'>As</span> <span m='24270'>you</span> <span m='24460'>can</span> <span m='24610'>see</span> <span m='24770'>from</span> <span m='24970'>my</span> <span m='25070'>great</span> <span m='25340'>hair, I'm</span> <span m='25700'>a</span> <span m='25760'>lot</span> <span m='25940'>older</span> <span m='26230'>than</span> <span m='26450'>my</span> <span m='26590'>colleagues.</span> <span m='27770'>And</span> <span m='29360'>technology</span> <span m='30060'>moves</span> <span m='30390'>at</span> <span m='30500'>such</span> <span m='30750'>a</span> <span m='30830'>rapid</span> <span m='31320'>rate</span> <span m='32180'>that</span> <span m='32320'>sometimes</span> <span m='34270'>I'm behind</span> <span m='34620'>the eight ball</span> <span m='34830'>a</span> <span m='35050'>little</span> <span m='35260'>bit</span> <span m='35530'>and</span> <span m='35660'>have</span> <span m='35820'>to</span> <span m='36190'>really</span> <span m='37180'>study</span> <span m='37490'>hard</span> <span m='37800'>to</span> <span m='38330'>get</span> <span m='38510'>up</span> <span m='38620'>to</span> <span m='38720'>speed</span> <span m='39100'>with</span> <span m='40370'>my</span> <span m='40720'>young</span> <span m='40990'>colleagues.</span> </p><p><span m='42120'>But</span> <span m='44750'>every</span> <span m='45010'>day</span> <span m='45240'>is</span> <span m='45450'>different.</span> <span m='45880'>And</span> <span m='46020'>every</span> <span m='46220'>day</span> <span m='46380'>is</span> <span m='46560'>very</span> <span m='46860'>exciting.</span> <span m='47350'>And</span> <span m='47440'>I</span> <span m='47490'>can</span> <span m='47650'>hardly</span> <span m='47960'>wait</span> <span m='48210'>to</span> <span m='48570'>get</span> <span m='48720'>here</span> <span m='48920'>every</span> <span m='49100'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='50480'>A</span> <span m='50770'>key</span> <span m='50990'>decision</span> <span m='51470'>I</span> <span m='51570'>made</span> <span m='52180'>in</span> <span m='52490'>bringing</span> <span m='53230'>me</span> <span m='53530'>to</span> <span m='55290'>my</span> <span m='55690'>career</span> <span m='56040'>choice</span> <span m='56640'>to</span> <span m='57050'>be</span> <span m='57230'>at</span> <span m='57300'>StudentsFirst</span> <span m='58430'>was</span> <span m='58740'>to</span> <span m='58880'>really</span> <span m='59730'>be</span> <span m='59940'>part</span> <span m='60290'>of</span> <span m='60360'>something</span> <span m='60730'>so</span> <span m='60870'>much</span> <span m='61090'>bigger</span> <span m='61380'>than</span> <span m='61590'>myself.</span> <span m='62760'>And</span> <span m='64440'>being</span> <span m='64849'>a</span> <span m='64930'>little</span> <span m='65420'>tiny</span> <span m='65930'>piece</span> <span m='66770'>to</span> <span m='67390'>create</span> <span m='68000'>better</span> <span m='68670'>opportunities</span> <span m='69560'>for</span> <span m='69840'>all</span> <span m='70210'>kids,</span> <span m='71020'>regardless</span> <span m='71770'>of</span> <span m='71850'>background,</span> <span m='73220'>is</span> <span m='73530'>such</span> <span m='73790'>a</span> <span m='73860'>great,</span> <span m='74650'>great,</span> <span m='75040'>great</span> <span m='75510'>goal,</span> <span m='75980'>and</span> <span m='76200'>so</span> <span m='76570'>much</span> <span m='76840'>bigger</span> <span m='77110'>than</span> <span m='77310'>I</span> <span m='77470'>am.</span> <span m='77730'>It is</span> <span m='77990'>just</span> <span m='78320'>such</span> <span m='78600'>a</span> <span m='78650'>pleasure</span> <span m='79030'>to</span> <span m='79100'>be</span> <span m='79230'>part</span> <span m='79470'>of</span> <span m='79570'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='80310'>Is</span> <span m='80480'>it</span> <span m='80650'>hard</span> <span m='80880'>to</span> <span m='81010'>get</span> <span m='81130'>a</span> <span m='81180'>job</span> <span m='81440'>in</span> <span m='81510'>this</span> <span m='81700'>field?</span> <span m='83270'>I</span> <span m='83370'>don't</span> <span m='83590'>really</span> <span m='83840'>know</span> <span m='84700'>that.</span> <span m='85400'>I</span> <span m='85540'>only</span> <span m='85860'>know</span> <span m='86210'>that</span> <span m='86850'>for</span> <span m='87040'>me,</span> <span m='87770'>I</span> <span m='88130'>set</span> <span m='88370'>the</span> <span m='88440'>bar</span> <span m='88730'>really,</span> <span m='89030'>really</span> <span m='89360'>high.</span> <span m='90550'>And</span> <span m='90810'>I</span> <span m='90850'>went</span> <span m='91100'>through</span> <span m='91290'>a</span> <span m='91370'>lot</span> <span m='91580'>of</span> <span m='91660'>hoops</span> <span m='92010'>in</span> <span m='92120'>order</span> <span m='92380'>to</span> <span m='92430'>get</span> <span m='92730'>my</span> <span m='92900'>job.</span> <span m='93520'>I</span> <span m='94520'>had</span> <span m='94780'>three</span> <span m='95130'>interviews.</span> <span m='95780'>I</span> <span m='95880'>had</span> <span m='96060'>to</span> <span m='96120'>do</span> <span m='96270'>a</span> <span m='96330'>lot</span> <span m='96530'>of</span> <span m='96580'>homework</span> <span m='97190'>before</span> <span m='97550'>my</span> <span m='97730'>third</span> <span m='98160'>interview.</span> </p><p><span m='99090'>Before</span> <span m='99470'>I was</span> <span m='99540'>actually</span> <span m='99880'>offered</span> <span m='100170'>a</span> <span m='100250'>job,</span> <span m='100680'>I</span> <span m='100830'>stayed</span> <span m='101120'>up</span> <span m='101250'>all</span> <span m='101410'>night</span> <span m='101720'>doing</span> <span m='101990'>an</span> <span m='102120'>exercise</span> <span m='102840'>that</span> <span m='103040'>was</span> <span m='103230'>rather</span> <span m='103580'>daunting.</span> <span m='104490'>And</span> <span m='104940'>by</span> <span m='105140'>the</span> <span m='105250'>way,</span> <span m='105460'>I</span> <span m='105510'>was</span> <span m='105670'>also</span> <span m='106000'>working</span> <span m='106390'>another</span> <span m='106640'>job</span> <span m='106970'>at the same</span> <span m='107270'>time,</span> <span m='107520'>so</span> <span m='107660'>I</span> <span m='107730'>didn't</span> <span m='108010'>get</span> <span m='108180'>any</span> <span m='108380'>sleep.</span> <span m='110050'>Delivered</span> <span m='110530'>my</span> <span m='110710'>assignment</span> <span m='111720'>before</span> <span m='112440'>the</span> <span m='112580'>deadline,</span> <span m='113250'>and</span> <span m='113440'>went</span> <span m='113660'>off</span> <span m='113900'>to my</span> <span m='114330'>other</span> <span m='114480'>job</span> <span m='114770'>only to</span> <span m='114860'>hear</span> <span m='115090'>that</span> <span m='115250'>I,</span> <span m='115400'>in</span> <span m='115530'>fact,</span> <span m='116140'>was</span> <span m='116320'>made</span> <span m='116530'>an</span> <span m='116640'>offer</span> <span m='117190'>to</span> <span m='117360'>work</span> <span m='117650'>here</span> <span m='117830'>in</span> <span m='117900'>the</span> <span m='118030'>afternoon.</span> </p><p><span m='118960'>So</span> <span m='119500'>the</span> <span m='119600'>hard</span> <span m='120050'>work</span> <span m='120290'>was</span> <span m='120430'>so,</span> <span m='120870'>so,</span> <span m='121140'>so</span> <span m='121410'>worthwhile.</span> <span m='122150'>But</span> <span m='122310'>at</span> <span m='122450'>the</span> <span m='122560'>time</span> <span m='122960'>it</span> <span m='123040'>was</span> <span m='123180'>so</span> <span m='123430'>daunting</span> <span m='124020'>that</span> <span m='124170'>I</span> <span m='124230'>just</span> <span m='124480'>wanted</span> <span m='124730'>to</span> <span m='124790'>say,</span> <span m='125010'>oh</span> <span m='125180'>to</span> <span m='125300'>heck</span> <span m='125590'>with</span> <span m='125750'>it!</span> <span m='125840'>I'm</span> <span m='125950'>so</span> <span m='126140'>tired</span> <span m='126460'>and</span> <span m='126580'>stressed.</span> <span m='127670'>But</span> <span m='128699'>it</span> <span m='129160'>really</span> <span m='129400'>proved</span> <span m='129919'>just</span> <span m='130190'>so</span> <span m='130360'>valuable</span> <span m='131020'>to</span> <span m='131230'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='132930'>My</span> <span m='133160'>work/ life</span> <span m='133700'>balance</span> <span m='134100'>is</span> <span m='134220'>really,</span> <span m='134750'>really</span> <span m='135220'>fantastic,</span> <span m='136290'>actually.</span> <span m='136760'>I</span> <span m='136860'>get</span> <span m='137030'>up</span> <span m='137150'>every</span> <span m='137360'>morning</span> <span m='137650'>at</span> <span m='137720'>5</span> <span m='137920'>o'clock,</span> <span m='138230'>whether</span> <span m='138550'>it's</span> <span m='138680'>Saturday,</span> <span m='139060'>Sunday,</span> <span m='139470'>or</span> <span m='139570'>Monday,</span> <span m='139900'>or</span> <span m='140110'>Wednesday.</span> <span m='141920'>I</span> <span m='142070'>do</span> <span m='142240'>that</span> <span m='142510'>because</span> <span m='142810'>I</span> <span m='142950'>feel</span> <span m='143250'>like</span> <span m='143550'>life</span> <span m='143990'>is</span> <span m='144250'>so,</span> <span m='144480'>so</span> <span m='144730'>precious,</span> <span m='145350'>and</span> <span m='145570'>time</span> <span m='146040'>flies</span> <span m='146360'>so</span> <span m='146650'>quick.</span> <span m='147410'>So</span> <span m='148210'>I</span> <span m='148400'>get</span> <span m='148550'>up</span> <span m='148650'>early</span> <span m='148900'>every</span> <span m='149100'>morning.</span> <span m='149450'>I</span> <span m='149600'>read</span> <span m='149780'>the</span> <span m='149850'>paper.</span> <span m='150210'>I</span> <span m='150250'>do</span> <span m='150380'>the</span> <span m='150470'>crossword.</span> <span m='151090'>And</span> <span m='151230'>then</span> <span m='151370'>I</span> <span m='151440'>go</span> <span m='151630'>for</span> <span m='151870'>a</span> <span m='151910'>run--</span> <span m='152530'>four</span> <span m='152780'>days</span> <span m='152960'>a</span> <span m='153020'>week,</span> <span m='153400'>minimum.</span> </p><p><span m='154530'>Come</span> <span m='154790'>to</span> <span m='154870'>work.</span> <span m='155320'>I</span> <span m='155410'>work</span> <span m='156570'>at</span> <span m='156740'>least</span> <span m='157010'>nine</span> <span m='157240'>hours</span> <span m='157530'>for</span> <span m='157690'>an</span> <span m='157820'>eight</span> <span m='157990'>hour</span> <span m='158720'>day,</span> <span m='159020'>because</span> <span m='159250'>it's</span> <span m='159510'>just</span> <span m='159750'>the</span> <span m='159840'>way</span> <span m='160010'>I</span> <span m='160100'>was</span> <span m='160320'>raised.</span> <span m='160680'>That</span> <span m='160810'>you</span> <span m='160920'>give</span> <span m='161190'>more</span> <span m='161770'>than</span> <span m='161960'>you</span> <span m='162050'>get</span> <span m='162220'>paid</span> <span m='162440'>for.</span> </p><p><span m='163260'>And</span> <span m='163430'>then</span> <span m='163610'>I</span> <span m='163680'>go</span> <span m='163920'>home</span> <span m='164360'>and</span> <span m='164540'>have</span> <span m='164750'>dinner</span> <span m='164990'>with</span> <span m='165150'>my</span> <span m='165310'>husband.</span> <span m='165970'>We</span> <span m='166500'>chat</span> <span m='166740'>about</span> <span m='166990'>our</span> <span m='167150'>day.</span> <span m='167830'>And</span> <span m='168050'>then</span> <span m='168320'>I</span> <span m='168430'>have</span> <span m='168570'>a</span> <span m='168630'>lot</span> <span m='168930'>of</span> <span m='168970'>hobbies.</span> <span m='169740'>So</span> <span m='169870'>I</span> <span m='169900'>make</span> <span m='170110'>time</span> <span m='170350'>for</span> <span m='170450'>those</span> <span m='170690'>before</span> <span m='170980'>I</span> <span m='171000'>go</span> <span m='171140'>to</span> <span m='171210'>bed</span> <span m='171390'>every</span> <span m='171610'>night.</span> <span m='171970'>And</span> <span m='172150'>I</span> <span m='172320'>always</span> <span m='173030'>end</span> <span m='173260'>the</span> <span m='173350'>day</span> <span m='173570'>with</span> <span m='173930'>reading,</span> <span m='174440'>at</span> <span m='174650'>least</span> <span m='175040'>for</span> <span m='175170'>15</span> <span m='175680'>minutes.</span> <span m='176620'>So</span> <span m='177150'>I</span> <span m='177180'>would say</span> <span m='177400'>it's</span> <span m='177540'>really</span> <span m='177800'>good.</span> </p>","file":{"id":378863,"video_id":"3382054585001","name":"2341-Karen-ExecAdminOfficeMgr2","duration":179584,"thumbnail_url":null}});