For some admins, office systems, procedures and software are constantly being upgraded, tweaked or replaced. If you’re like many of us, you’re drowning in information overload as you try to figure out what applications or new systems are a passing fad versus what will actually streamline your workload. It can feel overwhelming to stay on top of your regular tasks, plus stay current on what you’re expected to know and implement. That’s when we get stuck in the mindset of, “This is how I’ve always done it and it’s worked out fine.” This type of thinking leads to stagnation. Consider these resources to refresh you on your career path.
1. Join LinkedIn groups that discuss, share and distribute information in an area you want to excel in, or at a minimum, stay aware of if your position doesn’t offer that insight. Never hesitate to ask to join a “closed” group even outside of your skillset. Follow influencers and blogs as well. Given the volume of targeted articles and advice at your fingertips, there is no excuse not to keep current.
2. Seek out a young colleague to advise you on technology, if you’re an older admin. More companies are engaging in this “reverse mentoring” to take advantage of the tech savvy that many younger employees possess. If you’re a younger admin, connect with someone who can share effective business writing or help you negotiate more effectively.
3. Connect with someone outside your department—or your company—who can offer fresh information and insights on what’s happening in your industry. You’ll discover opportunities for learning or advancement that you may have otherwise missed. You can also find out firsthand what’s working, and what isn’t, from others in similar careers. Joining a networking group is one surefire way to establish those face-to-face connections.