Where it all began……
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I officially began my career as a secretary in 1985…. but it really began before then.
In high school I was an average student. I look back now and realize that had I put some effort into my school work I could have been a A/B student instead of a B/C student. I didn’t like history or science, and I hated math… still do. I liked English and took a bunch of home economics courses along with some basic business classes… typing, shorthand, etc.
I wasn’t a big “joiner” in high school. I wasn’t in the “popular” crowd so I didn’t join everything. I wasn’t an athlete and I wasn’t in the band. BUT, my friends were joining choir, so I did. On the first day of school I went to the choir room and the director needed to “voice” me. My career as a secretary began in the choir room – THAT DAY. When I walked into the choir room, I told the director what I was there for and he said okay… and then he handed me a piece of paper, a stack of file folders, and a marker and said “Write this, on these, with this.” Well, being the daughter of two teachers, you didn’t question what a teacher told you to do… you just did it. So I did.
The remainder of the year was more of the same. I spent all of my free time in the choir room cataloging the sheet music collection and doing any other administrative tasks the director had for me. I enjoyed it, and I was good at it. Graduation came and went and I still hung out in the choir room until the school closed for the summer.
College was a challenge because I REALLY had no clue what I wanted to do. I leaned towards home economics because that’s what I took in high school and was good at… but all the general education courses that were required were courses I hated. I switched my major several times, searching for my niche. I hadn’t caught on that being a secretary was an option.
I spent the next two years working as a full-time babysitter for two different families, and attending college while jumping from major to major. Until I got a phone call in early 1985. My cousin was working in an office not far from where I lived and she called me and said “Hey, I have this little mailing project that will take about two weeks. Can you come and help me out?” I said sure… that I was going to school two days a week, but could come the other three days. So I did. I was printing, folding and stuffing a flyer, and typing addresses on them for mailing. I loved every minute of it. I loved what I was doing. I loved the environment. I loved the people I worked with.
Fast forward. My two-week mailing project has turned into 29 years. I still love every minute of it, what I do, the environment I work in and the people I work with. Oh don’t get me wrong… there have definitely been ups and downs, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
I should officially thank my former choir director and now friend, Dr. Harvey Chiles, for starting me on my career…not job, but career… as a secretary/administrative professional. I should also thank my cousin Lucy for hiring me in 1985. It was the start of a long career with my company that has been very, very beneficial to me. I learned very early on that being a secretary was my niche. I hope that by putting my experiences down in this blog, that they can help others in the secretarial and administrative field.
Stay tuned for more!!