Over the course of my Mum’s time in intensive care, and her passing, I’ve worked solidly.
I’ve had a few people surprised by that, and I know it seems amazing that I can even do it. Though it’s not to say I haven’t struggled!
I’ve been blessed though with my job.
I’m an EA, Office Manager, and Events Manager. I work very long hours (6am to 8pm every day, and weekends), but it’s extremely rewarding.
I juggle so much on a daily basis. This year already I’ve run 8 events (completely on my own). That in itself is a full time job. So is organising my Manager lol.
I’ve been very lucky to get to where I am in my career. And I love my industry (Veterinary) passionately. I’ve spent 12 years in the industry and have learnt so much and made so many great friends and contacts.
I’m also proud to work in this industry. It’s a buddhist belief that you should not have a career/work in a job that causes harm and suffering to others. And my job is about helping other people, and that’s a great feeling.
I have a lot of responsibility and travel in my role, but also a lot of influence. I love what I am able to achieve. I love the meetings, negotiations, networking, relationship building etc that comes with my role.
I also love the rapport I have with my boss. He’s slightly younger than me (a young’n) and we are constantly joking with each other and making each other laugh. It’s important to have that connection between an EA and GM.
Even though it’s a hard time in my own life, it’s a pleasure to work, and to keep busy and productive. And I would never jeopardise my job by not giving 150%.
I’m also at a stage in my life where I am very confident in my career, abilities and strengths.
One day soon that GM role will have my name on it 🙂