OT: Managing new job stress.......
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|Sun, 04-07-2013 - 8:59am|
I know this may not be the most appropriate forum for this post, but it also seems like many of us on here have experienced different job situations. I haven't talked much about my job status recently (there has been much instability - for various reasons), but I've just accepted a six month contract with a major pharma company.
I have always wanted to work in pharma - when I went to the interview, the job was advertised as a one year contract for (basically) a marketing assistant, however, I was told that six months had already gone by from the person's mat leave, so it would be only six months. Of course I agreed to this - six months is a good start to get into a new company. I do not have benefits or vacation/sick days during these six months.
Being a larger company, I had an "accountability statement" that fully details my role - I won't go into specifics but they were essentially junior marketing tasks that basically, I had familiarity with. It also mentioned reception back up. I had to sign this accountability statement, agreeing to the role-specific tasks.
When I met my boss (we had orientation for a week) during orientation, we chatted and I made mention of the fact that it wasn't "my" role per se......but someone else's I'd be covering for six months, until she returned from mat leave. My boss mentioned that she is trying to create a new position, so I might be hired full time (good news).
Once I started, however, I realized that they were lacking administrative support, so they had essentially hired me as an executive admin assistant - managing calendars, ordering food, booking travel, etc. I don't really have a problem with this, except that I am not experienced in these tasks. I just have to pay attention and learn that little bit much "extra" so I can pick up on this...........although it concerns me that it was not the role I was hired for (e.g. supporting the VP of Marketing, executing marketing tasks, etc.).
People have asked me questions as to why I'm not supporting X person and what my role is.......I am finding it very awkward......they also want me to now cover reception from 8-9 and 1-2 everyday..........no issues but I didn't expect to do that much coverage plus supporting four people administratively. I sat with the receptionist to train for about an hour on Friday and my boss wanted me to start covering right away (e.g. that day). It is a very secure environment (e.g. reception is not just sitting there......you have to recognize and make good judgments about who to let in the building/what actions to take)........so fortunately they agreed to a "one week" transition where I can sit with someone else for that hour or two.......
Anyhow........I'm worrying myself into a state!! I DO want this opportunity to work out........I know this sounds totally snobby (and I don't mean it to be), but I am a marketing person and now I am in the "secretarial" pool..........a bit worried about this accountability statement vs. my actual role.......I'm not sure how much pull my boss has to create another full time admin person......and I'm finding the questions from my new colleagues a bit awkward.......(the receptionist was also asking me.......why I was hired so late into the mat leave......who was now supporting the person I was hired to support, etc.......I couldn't really answer)......Plus, frankly, I have never worked as an executive admin, so I am a bit behind the 8 ball in terms of familiarity with the tasks required in the position (as I mentionied, they're not difficult, but "executive admin" is an occupation all onto its own).
I am just going to keep at it and hoping for the best.......I'm sorry if I'm distracting from everyone's more serious issues on here but I've been a bit stressed about this and thought I would toss this out there for any insight you guys may have to offer........ :)