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I hope that you can give me some advice please. I am working at an IT company and I am so bored. I am the P.A. and I find myself feeling so demotivated, I don't feel like doing anything. The phone rings about 4 time a day maximum. I don't interact with walk-in clients and I don't really have a steady work load except for end-of-month invoicing and then of course doing the cashbooks. And making coffee and lunch for the boss. I am 26 and don't want to do this for the rest of my life.
I feel like I need to make a career change though I don't have any formal education I worked myself up and gained experience on the job. I love working with people interacting with people and I feel so bored not being able to do that. I loved being a receptionist but because of the small salary I took the job as a P.A.
What do you suggest I do? Stick it out for another year or is it ok to look for something else.
I am grateful to have a job in this day and age.
I appreciate your input.
I think its important that you feel fulfilled in your role. In this instance I am not sure how long you have been with the company you are at, so difficult advising how long to stay in the role etc.
Perhaps having a chat with your employer about giving you more responsibility would help? However, long term, I would imagine that you would need to explore opportunities outside of your current employers remit and on to bigger and better things.
Remember that the word "bored" would most probably be a bad choice of words, rather engage using phrases like : " I am feeling like I know my role inside out, and while thats a good thing, its important for me to be challenged and stimulated with variety and people contact."
You are still young and have your whole life ahead of you, its never too late to make decisions regarding your career whether you are 26 or 46; but it important to remain positive about what your career desires are and refrain from a negative view of your current situation. I do believe that whereever we find ourselves in life we are there to be taught and life expects us to learn. Leran and grow by this experience and one day you could be mentoring someone in a similar position.
In my career, I started ou in reception too and felt much the same as you do now. Although my role was very busy, I felt that I was capable of mre and aspired to more. A chat with my employer resulted in a promotion and change of career in recruitment - I have never looked back.
Stay positive and reach for the things you want in life with a level head and follow your heart.