Daily Prompt: How do you feel about your job? Do you spring out of bed, looking forward to work? Or, is your job a soul-destroying monotony of pure drudgery, or somewhere in between?
From my first job as a radio newscaster back in the early 90s while trudging through law school to my current job, I must say I’ve been very lucky to have acquired the skills I did along the way. I’ve gone after the jobs I thought suited me well, got paid well for them and have jumped into the rat race and out and still feel quite happy where I am.
So there — I do look forward to work and I’m proud of it. I toil five days a week as the Executive Assistant to one of the top honchos of a Fortune something something in its field. I’ve been on the so-called Executive floor for 7 of my 10 (now almost 11) years with this company, and I’ve had the pleasure and honor of serving three top executives during that run.
The current boss is considered a rock star in the company and I’ve been lucky that he rocks as a boss as well. We had a rough start almost three years ago, but we’ve gotten into a very good rhythm that makes me look forward to Mondays and doesn’t see me craving for the weekend by the middle of the week. I work long hours, yes, but I consider that part of the job description, and I do get paid well for the trouble. Of course I wish I was paid more, but in this economy, we should really count our blessings. I do get the occasional call from recruiters looking for executive assistants for c-level executives like the ones I’ve partnered with, but it’s a little tough beating my current work arrangements given the way the market is. (Too much competition from equally qualified jobhunters who can dive salary-wise, so we always hit a snag when I tell them what salary range would make me jump ship.)
I must admit there are days when I miss not having to dress up for work and being able to go with jeans on an every day basis — not that I have to look like a fashionista, but there is a certain dress code I abide by. (More so on the floor.) I also think of moving up or doing something else, but then I have to think long and hard about plunging myself into a career again — chasing after deadlines, stressing over projects, and working even longer hours. I’ve been there, I’ve done that.
My boss doesn’t even know I have a law degree — something I don’t need to proclaim as I do my daily duties. I’ve said time and again, it’s always easier to “dumb down” rather than try to appear wiser or smarter than you really are. It’s like being exceptionally good at the easier job rather than constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to more challenging things.
I like that the world won’t stop turning if I decide to go on an extended vacation to Manila — and that there are no projects that I need to stress over while I take the morning off to watch my son perform in school. And yet I’ve distinguished myself as smart and good at what I do enough to know that I have earned the tag “hard to replace” considering “indispensable” is not exactly true of anyone in the workforce today.
I’m fortunate to have the latest gadgets to help me perform my job well — from an iPhone 5S to whatever else I need to be an effective assistant. Plus how can you argue when the view I see outside is this gorgeous portrait of the Manhattan midtown cityscape..? I should be so lucky…