There are many well-intended individuals who enjoy sharing their advice and views about my career choice. Some people question why I chose to be “an admin.” Some people question why I went to graduate school and graduated with honors to be “an admin.” I always enjoy listening to their thoughts as it broadens my thinking and causes me to reflect on why I do what I do.
The career possibilities in front of each and every one of us are endless. There are many good choices, and often times there are no easy answers.
Since 2004 I have chosen to work as an executive assistant in government for the City of Rancho Cordova. I have enjoyed supporting the leadership, community, businesses, and residents of the Rancho Cordova community.
Why did I choose a career in government? That’s easy! I care about people, community, and making a difference. Each day I’m motivated to want to do a good job. I am committed to helping and supporting the City Council and staff with priorities and work assignments. My career is filled with motivators that far exceed money and titles. Those motivators for me include: meaningful and important work, opportunities to learn and be involved in something that impacts the lives of many, working with colleagues who have become good friends, supporting individuals whom I respect and admire, and much more. These motivators are what generates my desire to do great work!
In a commencement speech delivered by Steve Jobs, he said:
“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
As many baby boomers prepare to retire from government positions, all levels of government need smart, capable, understanding, and passionate individuals to want to seek employment opportunities.
The International City/Council Management Association (ICMA) shares some valuable insights on why someone may want to consider a career in local government.
May we each secure employment opportunities that will bring us continued fulfillment in the years to come. Life is too short to settle for anything else.