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what is challenging about working in office administration

how hard is it to really be in that environment.

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Melissa’s Answer

Hi Kyrese and community!

Being an office administrator is very challenging but it can also be very enriching.

As an admin, I was able to support a variety of requests and gained so much education and knowledge in many facets of the business that I would not have if I was in a specialized role. I believe that's what makes office administration so interesting. You will encounter a variety of challenges that you will be able to overcome and help keep the business flowing seamlessly. There's rarely a dull/boring moment!

You asked how hard is it to be in that type of environment, and I think it really depends on the person. There are some who prefer to not be in an office setting. Others may find an office setting enjoyable where their focus is ensuring operations and processes are being completed.

As an office administrator, you will usually be the first go-to person if someone has a question. Sometimes it feels like you're traffic-control in the office environment. I also think office administration is a great starting point if you have an interest in a path towards project management.
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Nate’s Answer

Working in office administration can be a great opportunity. It's a great way to learn a business and identify opportunities for growth within the organization. My best advise, would be to be humble. When you're starting out at an entry level position, you can't expect to be treated like a CEO. Be hungry for every opportunity to show your talents. Be friendly and enthusiastic, because people respond that. The challenging part is that sometimes it can be boring. But remember, it's not the end, it's a foot in the door. If you do a great job with small responsibilities, people will want to give you more.
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Bob’s Answer

Hi Kyrese - let me offer you a view from a managers perspective. I have been a a manager for many years and the role the office administrators play is invaluable.

The scope of admin is wide ranging - it can be just focused on one or number of managers, or it can be for the whole office and you may manage teams of other administrators

Office administration can include Human Resources, finances, accounting, scheduling, logistics, facilities, safety, and the list goes on.

Working in and around these areas can be very satisfying and value adding. Managers, Execs and teams are generally running the day to day business with customers, stakeholders, suppliers, employees, communities - and so they need admin support to ensure the back office part of the business is covered.

It’s a great place to start, build skills, build relationships and build internet on those areas you wish to go deep into with your career.

A degree in business administration will allow you do this, but you can also get into this area with studies from school or tech school

A masters in business administration. Sets you up to be the office king or queen - but generally is used by folks who already have a careers track and who what to get into management - up to a CEO position.

It’s a great place to start - have fun and good luck👍
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