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Being An Assistant Hard

College often feels like a never-ending to-do list. Between studying for your classes, maintaining an off-campus job, Being an assistant is not glamorous. It may feel like The Devil Wears Prada, but without the designer purses and international travel. Or it could be similar to The Bold Type, minus the hot parties and hourly gossip sessions in the fashion closet. But really, being an assistant is starting the day before your boss gets in so you have time to do work before work. It’s leaving the office once it’s dark out and traveling with your laptop in one hand and a hotspot in another, just in case something comes up on your commute home. It’s demanding. It’s sometimes thankless. And it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. 

You have very random (but valuable) life skills.

I started my career as an editorial assistant at a women’s magazine the day after I graduated college. As grueling as it was, it gave me skills that I didn’t even know I needed to get me where I am today. Now a senior editor at Her Campus, I’ve held all types of roles — I’ve been an associate food and beverage editor, I ran a Snapchat Discover channel, I’ve been on the TODAY show, and I’ve produced videos with Jonathan Adler and Lauren Conrad. That being said, if a genie were to visit 21-year-old me and offer the chance to skip being an assistant and go straight into a junior level role, I would say absolutely not. Here’s why:

From processing invoices and tracking down packages, to talking your way into a dinner reservation for your boss at a fancy restaurant, there’s no task (big or small) that you can’t handle. Not to mention all of the trade skills you have that landed you the job in the first place. As an assistant, everyone turns to you because they know you can complete any task efficiently. That will never go away.

The visibility you get as an assistant can shape your future. Your boss is the person responsible for hiring and promoting people and you’re their right hand. If you’re good at your job, that will go a long way. And, on top of that, you get to communicate with your bosses boss. Whether it’s by sitting in on meetings or having to stop by their office to pick something up, key players at the company know you. There’s a lot of value in that, even if you don’t realize it at the time. 

You’re calm and solution-oriented!

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