(Female, Age 22) from Independence, LA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Receptionist
Salary $22,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 40
Company Size (not answered)
Location Independence, LA
Years Experience 7 months

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
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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
size = 300-400 employees

type = community college

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I answer the phone and provide students with information/ask questions.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
2 weeks vacation, 5 sick days, Blue Cross HMO insurance. I am unsure of retirement.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I feel slightly undercompensated though I would not expect to easily find a better paying position

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 coworkers as well as students. I enjoy it- especially working with students. I often feel that my coworkers don’t take me seriously though.

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.
I work in an office. It is ideal for me! I do not like being outdoors during the day in Louisiana’s climate so I don’t mind being stuck in an office.

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

A day in the life of…

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

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
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8am to 9am I arrive at 8:30 and sit at my desk. Sometimes my supervisor will greet me and inform me of special duties. I begin answering phone calls and answering questions from students who approach my desk.
9am to 10am I continue my duties, answering phone calls and questions. I am anticipating my coworker to arrive at 10 so I have some relief for the increase in traffic.
10am to 11am My coworker arrives and relieves me for 15 minutes in which I go to the bathroom and sometimes have a snack. I return and continue my duties. My coworker and I joke around,.
11am to 12pm I wrap up any paperwork I started while continuing my duties and I leave at 11:30 to begin classes.
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Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?

What was the application process?
resume, and paper application

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
I did. I did one interview with the person who is now my supervisor.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
I was asked about my major and why I was seeking the position and if I felt it would interfere with my studies.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
yes. i have never felt underprepared.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
no. basic instruction was adequate.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
yes. it is made for students like me

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?
I would recommend them to speak with an eadvisor at my school.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Patience is required since I answer the same questions over and over. Also, one must be willing to work with other students and accept what goes along with that: everyone is learning so there may be confusion at times

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Not specifically, but it is important to be in school while in my position

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Ensure that your academic studies are secure. Starting a job like mine can help you ground yourself in school but may also be a distraction if you are already struggling.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Somewhat. I suppose it is helping me build job skills though it isn’t directly related to my future career plan.

What are your current career goals?
I am majoring in communications and hope to pursue editing.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?

Prior work history

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

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 waiter 2 years 14000 I waited tables
Prior Job 2 n/a n/a n/a n/a

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.5

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.5 LSU mass comm
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
n/a n/a n/a

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