I haven’t written anything here in a while. But I have a couple of reviews I need to do, so there should be more in this space fairly soon!
I rarely write anything anymore about being Adminderella (professionally). I used to write about it all the time but no one was ever around to read it and I hadn’t figured out a lot of the nuances of blogging yet (and, honestly, that’s an ongoing process). I got laid off in July of 2012, got a job as a Personal Assistant for a couple of months and then got laid off again (person I was working for went back to her home country and Personal Assistant doesn’t translate well when there’s 2000 or so miles betwixt you… hard to run errands and all!)
I find that every time I am out in the interviewing world, things change from the last time I was in the interviewing world. When I started my career, all anyone ever really wanted was experience and I didn’t have experience. For a while it was personality testing and then there was the big skills testing push (which still exists to some degree but not to the extent that it once did)… there have been phases where psychological profiles were all the rage and then there were the IQ testing phases and panel interviews, behavioral questions and some of the bizarre “If you could be either a lamp post or a doorknob, which would you be and why?” (actual question I was once asked at an interview). I’ve been to group interviews. I’ve been to an interview where they asked a question and then each person had to stand up in front of everyone else and answer the question. It was the most miserable three hours (there were about 30 of us there for ONE position). Over the years, experience became much less important. In it’s place, the big question was “do you have a college degree?” I am now seeing Receptionist jobs saying that they require a college degree. Not to sound hopelessly ancient, but I thought the whole reason that you got a college degree was so you didn’t have to be a Receptionist. I cannot fathom spending tens of thousands of dollars on college to end up working as a Receptionist.
I’ve contemplated the whole college path and come to the conclusion that while I do see the value in a college education, at my age, the debt that would be accrued in pursuit of the degree would outweigh any benefit. Yes, I would perhaps be able to earn a higher salary, but the debt load would cancel out the increase. Don’t get me wrong, if someone was willing to fund my education, or if I got a job where there was a good tuition reimbursement program, I would probably take classes. But after watching my Mom struggle to find work after getting her degree (and if I started now, I would probably get my degree at approximately the same age she got her degree), I will just say that it was not exactly encouraging to watch. Mom did very well in college, graduated with Honors, but because of her age, she really struggled to find employment with her shiny new degree. In spite of it being related to work she’d done her whole life, employers were reticent to offer her a position. And I know that a couple of places she worked, she just was not happy.
However, I could probably get an Associates Degree and do it online and it would run about $4000 in tuition (then there are books & supplies) but I need to wait until I have some income and I have gotten finances back under some sort of control. Unless, somehow, $4000 drops out of the sky or something.
So, that’s what’s up with Adminderella. There should be a couple of reviews here in the next few days. Hopefully they are much more interesting than my rambling about my career!