Career Enjoyment: administrative assistant
An administrative assistant undertakes the work involved in adminstrative processes. Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, this job often differs from secretary or personal assistant in not have as much responsibility or variety, or involve as much autonomous problem solving. This career tends to have salaries in the range £10-15k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has very low earnings potential.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: being part of a team, office environment, meeting and working with professional people, ability to get things done without relying on other people, using computers.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: boring/routine, repetitive/monotonous work, lack of excitement/challenge, lack of need to use of mental powers, lack of respect from other people, lack of autonomy (being told what to do), lack of meaning to work, no opportunity to be creative, focus on detail, uncertainty and disorganization, lack of opportunity for personal development.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - administrative assistant - was 2.8, making it less enjoyable than the average job. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Extraversion than Introversion.
- Slightly more Sensing than iNtuition.
- Slightly more Thinking than Feeling.
- An equal balance between Judgment and Perception.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: following defined procedures; designing new processes; solving immediate problems or crises; doing things that have an immediate impact on people.
Any dark segments would indicate styles where there is less demand than normal. However, there aren't any - which suggests that you have to be able to use all the styles (at different times).
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.