new job, new dynamic
September 3, 2012 7:25 PM Subscribe
I will be starting a senior administrative role at a university. I was doing administration with supervisory responsibilities up until this point, but this is a big step up for me. I don't doubt that I can do it, but I'm feeling a bit uncertain about a few things. I need pointers or resources on "getting your act together" to operate at this level.
posted by SpacemanStix to work & money (8 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I feel as if there's going to be a learning curve on how to simply conduct myself at this level with the people I work with. For example, I now have an Administrative Assistant (i.e., secretary) whose sole job it is to help me out. But, I'm not used to having one, so I'm feeling a bit awkward about using one. People will also be looking to me for guidance when I feel that I should be the one asking questions, as there are a lot of details to the job I need to learn now that the previous person is gone (although he is around in a limited capacity to provide advice). Again, I don't doubt I can do this. I guess my concerns have to do with transitioning to a place of competence regarding office protocol with the people I work with and the things I'll be overseeing. I don't have a great benchmark to discern what is normal in this process.
My job doesn't start immediately, but I've been interacting with those I will be working with a bit. I'd like to spend the next couple of weeks figuring out how to think about things and how to transition effectively. How does one go into a position like this asking the right things, doing the right things, and not seeming too incompetent? What is it okay to not know, and what should I do to have my act together in the places that matter most?
This is a bit open ended, and I might be making it out to be more serious than it will end up being; but even a book or something that discusses this kind of transition would be quite helpful. I have set up some lunches and meetings with some people I will be working with to try and get a sense of how things are structured, and also what I'll have to do to hit the ground running. What kinds of questions should I be asking?