There is no scientific exploration as to what specific personality types make successful administrative support staff. However, it could be assumed that to be good at administrative support, you would need to be conscientious, in order to maintain a high standard or work and to meet deadlines. You would also need to be highly extraverted due to the high number of social interactions.
It is also thought that the Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality type of ENFJ are well suited to careers in administrative support because they are always ready to lend a helping hand and forward-thinking, driven and idealistic organizers.
Accomplishment and mastery
As administrative support staff work independently, there can be quite a high sense of accomplishment when they reach the end of a task. On top of this, there is also on the job training provided, which can lead to high levels of skill mastery in a relatively short space of time. However, as administrative staff are often not respected or appreciated, the levels of accomplishment or skill mastery can also be quite low at times.
Meaning and contribution
Administrative support professionals play a huge role in the efficient and smooth running of offices. Therefore, their work is considered highly meaningful and a necessary contribution to the workplace.
As administrative support professionals work normal full time hours (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday), it is a relatively easy career to fit into most people’s busy lives. However, sometimes administrative support staff may have to work overtime if there is an increase in workload or they may have to work weekends.
Who will thrive in this career?
You are likely thrive in an administrative support role if you are naturally organized and orderly, as the primary focus of the role is to ensure that the office runs smoothly. You are also likely to thrive if you enjoy social interaction as most administrative support roles involve greeting clients and interacting with other employees.
You are also likely to thrive if you have initiative and driven, as this will allow you to look for ways to create efficiencies and implement new plans to benefit not only you, but also the whole business.
Who will struggle in this career?
You may struggle in administrative support roles if you do not enjoy interacting with others or helping other people as the roles primary focus is to help people in more senior positions. You may also struggle if you cannot work well under pressure, as a lot of the tasks that administrative support professionals do are under strict time limits.