Staff Assistant (Female, Age 44) in Cheektowaga, NY

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Staff Assistant
Salary $44,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 40
Company Size (not answered)
Location Cheektowaga, NY
Years Experience 14 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Table of Contents

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
University, educational organization

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
security administrator, timesheet keeper, purchaser

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
40 vacation day maximum on book, holidays, 200 days sick leave maximum on book, empire plan, employee reitrement system

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
well compensated

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes. Some people I enjoy working with; others I would prefer not to.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
office cubicle. I don’t mind the cubicle, but I wish I had a cubicle mate more suited personality wise.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 4
Benefits: 1
Hours: 6
Co-Workers: 3
Supervisors: 2
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 5
The Actual Work: 7

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am
8am to 9am Commenced work
9am to 10am Caught up on e-mail, checked my student accounts, etc.
10am to 11am Processed security access requests. Received one phone call in regards to a broken chair.
11am to 12pm Finished up the morning’s work…security requests, e-mail requests, timesheets, etc.
12pm to 1pm Lunch Break – Today is payday so I cashed my check at the credit union and stopped at an office supply store.
1pm to 2pm Quiet afternoon. Freed up conference room for Facilities work to be completed on Friday, security access requests, not phone calls.
2pm to 3pm Typical afternoon…not much different than the morning.
3pm to 4pm Typical afternoon…not much different than the morning.
4pm to 5pm Winding things up. Leave for home at 4:30 p.m. Very quiet, uneventful day.
5pm to 6pm
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Internet

What was the application process?
electronic application

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes, the process entailed two individual interviews and letters of recommendations.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What are your goals? What makes a good supervisor? What are your weaknesses? Your strengths?

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
I guess so. There wasn’t much of a learning curb.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Co-worked trained me in security

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
No. I took computer courses, but have yet to be assigned work that used that knowledge.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
N/A

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Check the job postings and start applying. Gain computer skills.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
social skills (communication skills – oral/written) – deal with people in person and through email

organizational skills – be able to find things at a moment’s notice

technical skills – needed for granting security access and designing databases/spreadsheets

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Not really. Just a desire to acquire computer skills. Be self-taught.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Include as many computer skills as you can on your resume or you will be stuck doing lots of mundane, mindless work.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
I wish it was, but I’m having a terrible time obtaining a different position so I’ll probably end up resigning within the next 10 years and seeking employment elsewhere if nothing changes.

What are your current career goals?
Web Development

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
No

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 keyboard specialist 10 years 22000 clerical work in a purchasing department
Prior Job 2

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:4

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
4 Jamestown Community College Computer Information Systems
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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