AN OFFICE ADVENTURE
Staff no longer desk-bound –
ADMINISTRATIVE roles don’t have to keep you bound to a desk with eyes glued to a computer screen or paper work.
Opportunities are available across many industries for administrative staff to find a balance between indoor and outdoor work.
Australian Institute of Office Professionals SA division president Catherine Middleton says the image of administrative staff sitting at a desk from nine to five is not necessarily the reality.
‘‘In the mining industry, there are people who are working in offices but they also go out into the field,’’ she says.
‘‘There are roles where you can do both. It just depends what sort of industry you are in.’’
Mrs Middleton says individuals have the power to find the balance in their industry.
She says an administrative staffer at an insurance company, for example, can also go out and assess claims with the relevant training.
‘‘You have to make it happen,’’ she says.
‘‘Once you get a foot in the door and get the basics, you can grow.’’
Speaking from experience, after working in an administrative role with the now-defunct Adelaide Rams rugby league team, Mrs Middleton says sport is a particularly appealing industry for people seeking a balance.
‘‘Getting into sport administration is a huge experience,’’ she says. ‘‘You live sport. It’s an exciting, dynamic industry.’’
One example is a one-year traineeship through Sport SA, Operation Flinders Foundation and SA Tall Ships that mixes administrative skills with the great outdoors.
Operation Flinders Foundation new directions manager Kylie Pointon says the traineeship, for people aged 17 to 24, provides opportunities for young people to develop many skills.
The trainees spend alternate months with the Operation Flinders Foundation and the One and All tall ship, on which they make trips to the Flinders Ranges – some of it aboard the vessel – with young people at risk.
‘‘The traineeship offers a unique opportunity for a young person to gain nationally recognised qualifications on a career path in recreation, sport and community service,’’ Ms Pointon says.
‘‘ They gain outstanding organisational skills, participate in fitness programs and learn skills as diverse as bush survival, abseiling, ship handling, navigation and first aid.
‘‘Along with the field component, the trainee also learns and puts into practice skills related to administration.’’
This year’s trainee is Woodville student Tom Litchfield.
Mr Litchfield, 19, says he is thoroughly enjoying the mix of activities that the traineeship offers.
‘‘ I started in February and straight away I had a voyage aboard the One and All,’’ he says. ‘‘I was thrown in the deep end but it was worth it.’’
When not at sea or trekking the Flinders Ranges, Mr Litchfield is either studying the theory part of the course at Sport SA or gaining valuable administrative skills in the office.
‘‘I rotate jobs each month so you’re never getting sick of it and are always doing different stuff,’’ he says.
‘‘In between trips to the Flinders Ranges and voyages on the One and All, Iwork in the offices doing some administrative work and follow up stuff with the kids.’’