Jaci Spross

Jaci Spross

Executive Assistant

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Played as a child pretending that I worked in an office (copying, filing, typing).
Worked in an office as a teenager and loved it.
Learned accounting (hated it) but loved the office setting.
Made the right choice out of two job offers (listened to what was right for ME, not them).
Worked smarter not harder.
When the opportunity arose I jumped in with both feet....and a lot of fear.

Education

High School
Roseburg Senior High School

Career

Executive Assistant

Manage Up! I manage my manager so he can better focus on his goals.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Technology
Working Independently

Day to Day

Juggling multiple tasks at once, prioritizing which tasks need to be accomplished first. Solving issues as they arise in a professional and courteous manner. Positively supporting other employees in their daily tasks and struggles. A roller coaster ride of time management, organizational challenges and drama. Professionally communicate positive and negative responses via email and verbally to a multitude of requests for my manager's time (a gatekeeper of sorts).

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Communication skills, Solving problems by thinking outside the box and being creative, Being proactive rather than reactive to situations, Communication skills, Being professional and respectful to everyone (especially to those not deserving of such treatment), Time management, Communication skills, Organizational skills, Listening skills (listening to learn rather than to respond), Ability to "go with the flow".

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Anticipate deadlines and meet them on a regular basis. Time management. Prioritizing what is due when and meeting or beating those deadlines. English skills - both written and verbal (if you cannot communicate you will fail at any career). The genuine enjoyment of helping others is essential to being a successful assistant (and human being).

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

"The biggest in my career was: 'Maybe she shouldn't return from Maternity Leave to this position.'"