Thursday, July 22, 2010

Be Careful What You Wish For

This post comes to you this week from the intersection of excitement and apprehension thanks to a phone call from my CEO. Apparently, his assistant resigned and as he scanned the vast pool of internal talent, his eye fell upon my dim cubicle! He's asked me to consider taking the position as his assistant. As I mentioned here, I've practically had one foot out the door for months. With absolutely no hits on the freshly polished resume floating out in cyberspace, I had been thinking of some creative ways to sorta "reinvent" myself in my current company but this was definitely not on my radar. I was looking for a challenge, some new responsibilities but this is . . . EPIC.

The CEO. The big leagues. We're talking a complete lifestyle change. For a "career" assistant with no higher aspirations in her working life than to be that indispensable support to a high powered executive, this is the dream opportunity. But, this role has also left in its wake a long line of assistants that, while initially energetic and full of promise, all succumbed to the vicious press of the enormous volume of emails, phone calls, scheduling, meetings, after hours work and all the other tasks that come along with supporting a busy CEO. Thus, my apprehension.

I meet with him tomorrow to give my final decision. While the responsibilities and expectations will be exponentially greater, the opportunity is the holy grail for a career assistant like myself. I feel like a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire down to the million dollar question with no life lines left.

I can stay in my current role or take this huge leap. What's that saying . . . be careful what you wish for?


13 comments:

Girl About Business said...

I say go for it! Perfect opportunities only come around every blue moon... hit the ground and run with it. This will be a way to reinvent yourself in your company, and I'm sure you'll be bringing in extra cash so you can't reinvent your personal life too!

Corporate Chickee said...

Wow! What an exciting opportunity! While it may feel like diving head first into the middle of the ocean... what have you got to lose? If you hate it, you can always leave.

My vote is the same as Girl About Business - go for it!

And keep us all posted on what your decision is!! Good luck!

citygal said...

Good luck! I need a change within my workplace too...sometimes, change is scary.

Kate said...

Go for it! Knock his socks off with your talent. And, if it doesn't work out down the line, well you've had all the more expereience to add to the resume for the next one.

LaNeshe said...

Sounds like you've been blessed with a great opportunity!

Mrs Soup said...

Be careful what you wish for for sure! I think this sounds like a wonderful opportunity! Just make sure you take care of yourself!

Katie Hartle said...

Take it! Never hold back when opportunities like this come along!

Like others have said, if you hate it, you were going to leave anyway. But even the networking opportunities you will have in this role can provide valuable future employment possibilities.

Good luck!

Daneil Fletcher said...

Who’s Erkin Bekbolotov again?

Terri said...

I usually don't tell people what to do, but I kept thinking, (like several others) "Go for it!" At least you'll never be bored.

J-Diggety said...

Omigosh, good luck!! Keep us posted...

20s Enthusiast said...

Think about what it will say about you if you do not take the position. turning that job down SCREAMS that you run from challenges and opportunity. But also trust your gut and do what will make you happy...

Sun Soak said...

good luck! you must keep us posted!

Healthcare Working Girl said...

Ok ladies, opportunity knocked . . . and I ANSWERED!!!!!!! The next chapter o my life starts in two weeks!