Career Story: High School Principal's Secretary

High School Principal's Secretary

Job Title: Principal's Secretary

Type of Company: I work for a school district south of Boston.

Education: attended, a liberal arts college

Previous Experience: I worked as a secretary for the nurse and athletic director at a high school before moving on to private industry where I held the positions of executive assistant to the COO and Executive Director.

Job Tasks: As the secretary to the principal in a high school, one of the most important parts of my job is to make sure the principal spends time working on the critical daily issues of the school and not spending time on secondary tasks that can be handled by me. The work I do coordinating schedules, scheduling meetings, answering phone calls and preventing interruptions, free up time on hi schedule which allows him to meet with students, faculty and the high school community.

My job is never boring. Everyday is different. There are many aspects to my job: customer service, bookkeeping, public relations, information, purchasing, but most of all, encouragement and support of the students, faculty and staff. Knowing the priorities of the position and keeping them in the forefront at all times makes for a happier, more productive school environment. My job is very rewarding and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in children and education.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the daily interaction with staff and students. I rarely see the same staff and students every day so there is always something new going on. The teamwork aspect of the job is also positive and rewarding. We help each other with jobs that might not be ours but share the load when needed.

The worst part of my job is the paperwork. There is a constant stream of orders, bills, and reports, just to name a few, that take up seventy-five percent of the day.

Job Tips: One of the most important traits you must have or develop is to be a good listener. The varied duties of the job require you to understand what is being requested and deciding the most efficient and effective way to complete it. Juggling many tasks at the same time is also something you should expect, so staying calm in the midst of chaos is also required. What is is, and you just deal with it calmly and in a timely manner. Having a positive and supportive attitude goes a long way in creating a pleasant and productive working environment.

Additional Thoughts: If you like an educational environment and working with people of all ages and backgrounds then you would love my job. I do.

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