It's COOL to be an administrative professional because you travel to great places. Often, assistants travel to attend their leader's special team meeting; help with site visits in preparations for meetings; be involved in a major company event where you need to travel; attend corporate board meetings and more. During my 20 year career, I traveled to some places that were fun, interesting, exotic, and breathtaking.
In my early days, I worked at an association and planned the annual meetings and was able to do the site visits before the actual event. The association always selected high-end hotels. It was fun to be able to travel and not have to pay for it! Usually, I was given the best accommodations in the hotel because I was considered an event planner and they wanted to show off their best rooms. I also use to do food tastings to select special meals for top executives. Again, all the expense of my employer.
In one of my roles, my executive belonged to a very nice country club where we often held meetings with his direct reports. I was able to attend and participate in those meetings. When I look back, I was able to experience many beautiful places because of the executives I worked with or because of the organization in which I worked. This broadened my horizon. Have you had similar experiences? Have you been able to go to any really COOL places because of who you work with?