As the maxim says, “Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right.”
Administration: On the Up and Up
It is a subject GBN regularly examines in recognition of the function’s importance.
Despite what many outside the profession may think, there are opportunities available for those in admin to rise and rise, and rise further. There are a lot of stories of admin staff moving to project management, management and even to the very top of an organisation.
Firstly, they have unique organisational skills, and a valuable insight of how a company works, which gives them an advantage to move up in an organisation.
Secondly, they generally know everyone. It is an old adage that the mail person is the only one in the company that can match a face to a name in any department. For employment opportunities that open up in a company, this networking knowledge can be very important.
Opportunities will inevitably present themselves and to make the most of these, as any admin specialist will tell you, it is good to focus on continuous professional development, such as gaining the CFC, ECDL and of course – particularly in Geneva with its international business environment – building your language skills.
To help you plan for these opportunities, look at our article on being SMART in achieving your professional goals.
We welcome any feedback on your experience of promotion of administration staff, both good and bad.
From all at GBN, we wish you a wonderful autumn.