(Female, Age 52) from PUYALLUP, WA
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At a Glance
Basic data on your current job
|Job Title||Office Manager|
|Other Compensation||None Set|
|Company Size||(not answered)|
|Years Experience||2 years|
Opinions on your CAREER overall (i.e. not just your current job)
|Years in Career||0|
|Income Rating||0 / 10|
|Interest Rating||0 / 10|
|Work-Life Rating||0 / 10|
|Fulfilment Rating||0 / 10|
Current job Q&A
Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for a small local martial arts school which has 1 owner and several part-time instructors
Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I am responsible for enrolling new students, accepting payments from students & making bank deposits, bookkeeping using QuickBooks, preparing correspondence, brochures, flyers & advertising
Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
5 days vacation per year
Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I feel I am adequately compensated for this part-time job
Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes, I work with the students, vendors, the owner & his instructors. I enjoy dealing with people everyday-there are so many interesting people in this world and each one contributes something interesting to my day.
Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
My work location is a small office area in a martial arts school – I like working in it because it is in a small informal business, yet I can put my stamp on it with a few plants and posters. Due to my extensive office experience, I am able to suggest many ways for streamlining processes and improving documentation.
Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Job Title: 5
Level of Responsibility: 3
The Actual Work: 1
Table of Contents
How you got your job
How did you get your current job?
Nepotism-my husband owns the school
What was the application process?
I had worked in various office settings for over 25 years, so when he set up his school, he asked me to manage the office
Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
See above-first question
If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes-college classes in accounting, word processing & spreadsheets, graphics programs, and creative writing
Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes-I had the skills to perform all the duties of my current position
If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
They should go to business school or junior college and study word processing, bookkeeping, letter writing, and use of graphics programs. Without these skills, it would be difficult to perform all my daily duties.
What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Ability to get along well with others, strong math & accounting skills, computer & word processing, and letter-writing skills
Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Training on computers, word processing, accounting and grahics programs are essential for this position
What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Take as many accounting, word processing and computer classes as you can-with those skills you can be successful in most any office position
Long-term career plans
Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Because of my health problems, this is my career plan. I will continue to work at this job as long as my husband has this school.
What are your current career goals?
Support my husband in his endeavors to make this school successful
Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
I have worked many full-time interesting jobs in my lifetime-from working for school districts, state government, manufacturing companies & even over 8 years at a nuclear power plant. I have always learned something from one job that I was able to take to the next one. Along the way, I have learned many ways of working more efficiently. This has really helped me to be able to continue working successfully in my current part-time position.
Prior work history
Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:
|Prior Job 1||Sales Assistant-PT||2 years||$10,000 year||Take phone orders from customers, enter orders in computer, track orders for completion, letter writing, billing; filing, assist bookkeeper & fill-in when she was absent|
|Prior Job 2||Office assistant-PT||4 months||$9.00 per hour||Answer phones & greet clients, filing, copy tax returns, assist in state & federal tax form preparation|
Please list your educational background:
High School GPA:3.65
|3.2||Green River C.C.||Business Administration|
|Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
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