Escaping the Female Ghetto that is Administrative Work

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Ms Doppelganger in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1 month ago

Shingami in Chicago, Illinois said: This is one of the best threads on here and I'm glad it was revived again. I think after I got fired from my crappy admin /receptionist job and REALLY wanted to to a different route only to land right back in the same job, I have realized this is it. The older I get the more Realize life is to short to be miserable. I'm tired of chasing jobs I don't want.

Today the old geezer owner of the law firm asked me if I was "finally getting the hang of the job" been there almost 6 months and I'm the receptionist--AGAIN and all I do is answer phones and print out stuff they email me. Yes, I believe I have the hang of that. He goes on to demean me to say to handle the job you need to be sharp and have focus and make split decisions. Huh?? It just made me so upset. I'm just so sick of these fools wanting you to bend over backwards and see these little nothing positions like you are saving the world. His comment to me was utterly uncalled for and ridiculous. I'm on a mission to get out of this death trap of a job role. Every comment here is spot on and I hope those who have comments from years ago have done just that.

I feel the same way Shingami. I was actually reviewing my resume a little while ago and I feel that my career is actually moving backwards! The positions I've held have become simpler and more mundane. I also don't appreciate when higher ups try to put the weight of the whole company on you and blow smoke up your rear end when we both know well enough but I'm just a bottom of the food chain, expendable, cog. My least my supervisor and manager are up front about the fact that this job is easy and straight forward. And best of all, NO DRAMA!!

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Monique in Alabama

1 month ago

Administrative Day!! I use to hate this dam day with a passion...I no longer work in these lousy jobs..But for those who do, try to get thru this day the best you can. I use to be honest and tell them I didn't want any flowers or anything else..i am here to pay my bills and that's it

I wish this day would disappear..it adds further insult

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kim elizabeth in Janesville, Wisconsin

1 month ago

I always hated this day too, Monique. I worked for the worst boss (and person) ever as a "Secretary" and she treated me like crap every day. A year ago I walked off the job and now I work for a company as an Admin Assistant. Same job basically but it's like working on a different planet. When I first started working here, I would practically be in tears some days because I was treated so much better. Almost a year later it's better than ever. The witch I worked for used to get me flowers every AA day and I wanted to rip them apart and throw them in her face. I have never been treated so badly by anyone and the difference in my life since getting out of there is beyond compare. I know I'm fortunate. There are so many bad bosses out there. I can't even advise looking for another job because you are mostly treated like someone's slave and "less than" on a daily basis in this kind of job.

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Sick Of It All in backwoods, California

1 month ago

kim elizabeth in Janesville, Wisconsin said: The witch I worked for used to get me flowers every AA day and I wanted to rip them apart and throw them in her face.

Lol!

Yay, Admin Day...the one day of the year when anyone actually acknowledges us. :P

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Monique in Alabama

1 month ago

Although I no longer work in these lousy jobs, I still suffer from depression because I stayed in them too long...I still have flashbacks... Administrative Day is one of them

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lcschol66 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1 month ago

I've been working part-time for the last year at this job. My supervisor stopped me and told me she left a gift for me. I didn't even know what it was for since it was that long since anyone acknowledged my efforts with a gift. I've never been a big supporter of Admin professionals day - I feel like they always treated it like an obligation so I would take off to save myself the humiliation of responding "it's my pleasure" - but, today I feel like even though I really don't like these jobs, I can go another day - pay my bills while I build my own business. I hope that other admins on this forum can find something tolerable while they meet their obligations - family, debts, schooling whatever. I also hope that they can be as fortunate as I have been to find their Plan B - own a business to build their own career and be the boss that they never had. Anyone interested in a Facebook group?

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Shingami in Chicago, Illinois

1 month ago

Ms Doppelganger in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said: I feel the same way Shingami. I was actually reviewing my resume a little while ago and I feel that my career is actually moving backwards! The positions I've held have become simpler and more mundane. I also don't appreciate when higher ups try to put the weight of the whole company on you and blow smoke up your rear end when we both know well enough but I'm just a bottom of the food chain, expendable, cog. My least my supervisor and manager are up front about the fact that this job is easy and straight forward. And best of all, NO DRAMA!!

Me tooooo!! I also feel (know) I am going backwards. I think that is why I am even more upset and disgusted with this new job. Now, I had the drama and stress you mentioned and I did a lot more, at the new job I usually have nothing to do and it does feel great to not be rushing with work, but I still hate it for the simple fact that I have gone backwards.

I don't want a ton of work, but I want to feel like I'm improving in a role. I'm BACK at as a law firm receptionist in a dead end position. I'm so tired of reception. Even admin roles don't get me away from there, they just combine the two so I'd still be stuck as the receptionst doing admin work, putting away supplies, all while still being shackled to the front desk. These jobs are a definite trap for sure. Run!

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Shingami in Chicago, Illinois

1 month ago

Monique in Alabama said: Administrative Day!! I use to hate this dam day with a passion...I no longer work in these lousy jobs..But for those who do, try to get thru this day the best you can. I use to be honest and tell them I didn't want any flowers or anything else..i am here to pay my bills and that's it

I wish this day would disappear..it adds further insult

I hate it too. I hated it even more because where I used to work, if you were a secretary your boss would take you to lunch. Other support staff who didn't specifically work for anyone got nothing and I was the receptionisf and got sick of everyone coming up front to stand by the door to wait to leave for their fancy lunches and laughing and chatting. It really made me feel like crap.

I also felt like they felt obligated to do something staff wise. They can screw off with this day. How about more pay and treating us like humans on a daily basis and we wouldn't need this stupid day?

I am interested in a Facebook page!

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Sick Of It All in backwoods, California

1 month ago

Shingami in Chicago, Illinois said: They can screw off with this day. How about more pay and treating us like humans on a daily basis and we wouldn't need this stupid day?

Exactly!!

20 years in this field of $#&%...and to think they've just *started* recognizing it in the workplace!
I was only supposed to do this until my rock & roll career took off. lol

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Monique in Alabama

1 month ago

Shingami in Chicago, Illinois said: I hate it too. I hated it even more because where I used to work, if you were a secretary your boss would take you to lunch. Other support staff who didn't specifically work for anyone got nothing and I was the receptionisf and got sick of everyone coming up front to stand by the door to wait to leave for their fancy lunches and laughing and chatting. It really made me feel like crap.

I also felt like they felt obligated to do something staff wise. They can screw off with this day. How about more pay and treating us like humans on a daily basis and we wouldn't need this stupid day?

I am interested in a Facebook page!

Facebook page is a great ideal

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lcschol66 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

26 days ago

Facebook group is now created. Look for Going Beyond Admin and ask to be invited.

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Shingami in Chicago, Illinois

25 days ago

lcschol66 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said: Facebook group is now created. Look for Going Beyond Admin and ask to be invited.

I can't find it on Facebook. Are you sure it's created?

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Admin. formerly in GA in Dallas, Texas

24 days ago

I am the orignal creator of this thread and it's fascinating to see that it is still going after all these years.

First off, I want to say good luck to those who are attempting to switch careers and congratulations to those who have been able to.

Just an update on what's happened to me since I started this thread. I hadn't be able to go back to school but I'm still trying. I also relocated to Texas. I was laid off from the job I had when I started this thread and once the economy tanked, I was never again able to find a full-time admin job and have either been unemployed or working low-paying service jobs.

While I don't encourage anyone to stay in the administrative field if you can find another alternative, I am more appreciative of the admin jobs I've had since I've only been able to get low-paying service jobs that keep me on my feet all day.

I'm working on being self-employed at this point.

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lcschol66 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

23 days ago

Shingami in Chicago, Illinois said: I can't find it on Facebook. Are you sure it's created?

Going Beyond Admin. It's there.

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lcschol66 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

23 days ago

Admin. formerly in GA in Dallas, Texas said: I am the orignal creator of this thread and it's fascinating to see that it is still going after all these years.

First off, I want to say good luck to those who are attempting to switch careers and congratulations to those who have been able to.

Just an update on what's happened to me since I started this thread. I hadn't be able to go back to school but I'm still trying. I also relocated to Texas. I was laid off from the job I had when I started this thread and once the economy tanked, I was never again able to find a full-time admin job and have either been unemployed or working low-paying service jobs.

While I don't encourage anyone to stay in the administrative field if you can find another alternative, I am more appreciative of the admin jobs I've had since I've only been able to get low-paying service jobs that keep me on my feet all day.

I'm working on being self-employed at this point.[/QUOTE

Thanks so much for starting this thread. I ran across it being silly asking the question of the internet - what can I do beyond admin. I needed this thread as my answer that day. I felt very much alone in my feelings about my work and to find so many people unhappy about this work was sad, yet strangely comforting. When I first started admin work, I felt more appreciated, but over the course of 20 years, it has been different.

Thanks also for giving us an update. I don't recall what you wanted to do about schooling, but unless you need schooling for a career you are passionate about, I would recommend holding on the expense. I did that route, but it didn't change anything - even working for a place that valued higher education.

Self-employment and entrepreneurship is the most viable option. Good opportunities are plenty in these areas. Best of luck!

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Shingami in Chicago, Illinois

23 days ago

Admin. formerly in GA in Dallas, Texas said: I am the orignal creator of this thread and it's fascinating to see that it is still going after all these years.

First off, I want to say good luck to those who are attempting to switch careers and congratulations to those who have been able to.

Just an update on what's happened to me since I started this thread. I hadn't be able to go back to school but I'm still trying. I also relocated to Texas. I was laid off from the job I had when I started this thread and once the economy tanked, I was never again able to find a full-time admin job and have either been unemployed or working low-paying service jobs.

While I don't encourage anyone to stay in the administrative field if you can find another alternative, I am more appreciative of the admin jobs I've had since I've only been able to get low-paying service jobs that keep me on my feet all day.

I'm working on being self-employed at this point.

Hello and thank you so much for starting this thread and for the update! I was JUST re-reading early posts and wondering what happened to a lot of those people as this thread is quite old. I'm glad I found it because it wasn't until last year that my disgust in these jobs reached sky high and I wanted out. But when I realized I had no clue how to get out this thread was a good read because I'm not alone. For me it's also getting out of law firms. I'm tired of egotistical lawyers.
I'm sorry you hit a rough patch. When I got fired I wanted that to be my chance to move on, you know how it is. You probably would have never left if you weren't pushed out. Didn't happen for me. I know at this point you would take your old job back rather than McService jobs but I hope you keep pushing forward. I just hate that I settled. And I hate the feeling that I can do no better than to stay a receptionist. It is very frustrating, upsetting and draining. It's exhausting being poor and not doing something you like.

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Sick Of It All in backwoods, California

19 days ago

Admin. formerly in GA in Dallas, Texas said: I am the orignal creator of this thread and it's fascinating to see that it is still going after all these years.

First off, I want to say good luck to those who are attempting to switch careers and congratulations to those who have been able to.

Just an update on what's happened to me since I started this thread. I hadn't be able to go back to school but I'm still trying. I also relocated to Texas. I was laid off from the job I had when I started this thread and once the economy tanked, I was never again able to find a full-time admin job and have either been unemployed or working low-paying service jobs.

While I don't encourage anyone to stay in the administrative field if you can find another alternative, I am more appreciative of the admin jobs I've had since I've only been able to get low-paying service jobs that keep me on my feet all day.

I'm working on being self-employed at this point.

Part time, min wage service crap is the only kind of job that's available anymore. Especially to us admins. We don't qualify for the few executive level or highly specialized positions that open up so we have to settle for bottom of the barrel. Unfortunately those positions don't want us either because we're overqualified.
There's no middle ground anymore. It's dying with the middle class.

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Sick Of It All in backwoods, California

19 days ago

The only thing that has worked for me so far is finding (oy joy!) more admin work farther away from where I live.
Our field is dying as companies try to pinch pennies by outsourcing, automating, and forcing fewer employees to wear more & more hats.
Decent admin jobs are few & far between...and by "decent" I mean work that is humanly possible for a wage that you can just barely scrape by with. Be prepared for the insane commute that goes with these.

My original screen name here was Sick Of Admin...now I'm just Sick Of It All! :P

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ElsieSE5 in Los Angeles, California

19 days ago

That is my current issue at the moment. I work as a Revenue Specialist for a great Non-Prof which contracts with a county agency. I love my job, and yes, my duties includes typical office ones. They now want to change my title to include Office Support. I have not signed the form. I do not want that included in my job title. In that case therapists, case managers, supervisors, etc. should have that included in their titles because, they too perform the same menial clerical functions.

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