With September being half way through the financial year for organisations it is most likely that at some point soon you will have a mid-year review with your manager. If you don’ have anything in the diary or your Executive hasn’t mentioned getting together for a review I would highly recommend you do something about it. Mid year reviews are an important element of your career development. After 6 months you can check how you are progressing through your objectives, and goals and make any necessary changes.
Once upon a time you spotted or were presented with a Job Spec which caught your attention. You applied for the role and after an interviewing process were offered the coveted position.
More often than not job descriptions for assistants are sketchy at best leaving us with more questions than answers. What does “and anything else that might be needed” actually mean? What are “ad-hoc duties’? How flexible does an assistant need to be and what does “juggling multiple priorities” really involve? Along with these generic phrases assistants’ job descriptions can also be poorly written, focussing on a standard set of skills rather than the real role responsibilities.
I must admit I’m not a big fan of this time of year or as I like to call it ‘performance review season’. For an assistant most of the next few weeks are filled organising meetings for our manager and their direct reports to review the last year. Somewhere in that list of meetings we normally squeeze ourselves in to our manager’s packed diary for a 15 minute chat about how everything has been fine.
Here is a brief history of my career to date – After University I landed my first job as a Team Administrator at Deloitte, after a year and a half I left to join the Institute of Chartered Accountants where again I worked as an Administrator and Assistant to a department manager.