After being on this field for some years now, I have come to terms that there are still some misconceptions out there about what a secretary really is especially here in Indonesia.
For the sake of it – or for the lack of blog post, you decide – I have made a list of the famous misconceptions about us, secretaries.
We are NOT an office candy!
“Attractive” is the most abused word in job ads in Indonesia when it comes to secretary. Throw in the under 28 years old in the mix then you’ll think that all secretaries are nothing but a pretty little accessories for the office to please the eyes of the executives. Professional attires of a secretary may sometimes seem to induce some boys’ imaginations – skirts and pantyhose? It really is a matter of personal choices. Some girls wear them for themselves, not to get a raise on their paychecks or from other kind of ‘raise’. Lucky for me, I can wear jeans to work!
We do HAVE brains!
We are not the dumb; we don’t sit around all day with nail buffer stuck to our hands. Some of us actually do have a lot to take care of from day to day basis. We managed wide varieties of things at the office that actually utilize our brain cells. We juggle a lot of things at once while keeping an analytic plus critical mindsets to assists the bosses. There are so much that gets into play here so yes, we do have brains.
We do NOT flirt with your husbands!
Just because we wear skirts doesn’t mean we will fall on your husband/boyfriend laps so stop being so bitchy to us. Some of us actually can maintain a courteous and professional work life. Have you ever heard the terms “Don’t shit where you eat?” Yeah! That’s my motto! Also, we would appreciate if you do not use us to spy on your spouse. So lame! Of course I cannot speak on the behalf of all secretaries but most are hardworking women with integrity and professionalism.
We don’t just type letters and make coffees all day!
Well, of course we will have letters/memos to type but that’s not all we do, please refer to No. 2, thank you very much. As for the coffees/teas? That’s why they have someone in charge at the pantry.