Red Responds: Career Transition

After 17 years in the photography and video industry, I find myself at the beginning of my career again due to the economy. I’ve been working for almost a year now as an Administrative Assistant in a non-related industry. I like the company I work for as well as my co-workers. They have made the transition into this new realm pretty comfortable. My only concern is the account that I handle. I don’t know how stable it is. My question is, do I need to start looking for a new job? Is there any growth for me there or am I better suited in a different industry? If so, what? Any guidance would be helpful.


Dear Kori,


Even though things are a little less than stable with the account you handle, I don’t see things crumbling to dust around you. If you want to continue working with your present company, you certainly have that option.

Because you are well liked, and have proven to be dedicated and efficient, your current job is relatively safe. It is a known fact that the account you are working with is in a bit of trouble, but that isn’t seen as a reflection of you or your work. The good news is, even though it is volatile, this account isn’t going to disappear any time soon. When it does, you will still have a job, and you will acquire another account or two.


There is room for growth and promotion within your current company, but eventually you will more or less plateau. However, reaching that pinnacle is still several years away.


I don’t see you as in a position of needing to find a new job, but I’m not going to stop you from looking at all of your options. It will take a while before you’ll run across anything better than where you currently are at. But, if you feel like looking for something different, that certainly is an option.


It looks as if you are a good Administrative Assistant, and would do well with that title in many different industries. You also present as being able to excel in many areas of advertising. But, if you are looking to increase your education and break into yet another field, computer programming, graphic design, or becoming a paralegal are things you may want to look into or consider.


I hope this helps!
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