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Getting out of your comfort zone and getting on with it

We regularly ask the staff of Team Rubicon UK to blog about work at TR. This time it’s Fran’s turn. Fran is Executive Assistant to the Directors.

Not only an Executive Assistant, Fran has also been called upon to model TR clothing.
Not only an Executive Assistant, Fran has also been called upon to model TR clothing.

We need someone to write the next blog they said, so here I am.

I haven’t got a specific subject to write and tell you about so I just thought I’d let you know how I got here and what kind of place it is to work in.

When I saw the job advert I thought, “Wow, that sounds like a great organisation to be involved with”. I didn’t think for one minute I’d get an interview, never mind get the job, but nearly 9 months later I can honestly say it’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.

It was whilst I was looking for part time accounting work that I came across the advert for Team Rubicon UK. They were looking for an admin ninja and the way the post was described made me believe it was the ideal job for me. I did some research into TR and was amazed by what I read. Here was an organisation that utilised all the skills we learn in the military, but don’t necessarily realise we have. I wanted to be part of it. I’d gotten used to a relaxed way of life since finishing work in a recruiting post so I wasn’t sure I wanted to go back to full time employment but the advert kept niggling at me until I decided I’d give it a go. The rest, as they say, is history.

Executive Assistant sounds like quite a grand title but the job covers a whole variety of things. I get involved in organising the Board meetings, assisting with the company finances and organising visits and appointments. In fact, since I’ve been here I’ve done a lot of things that have lifted me completely from my comfort zone and challenged me (almost on a daily basis). I used to think that was a bad thing but I’ve decided it’s good to get given new challenges, you never know what you can do until you try right?

TR uses various apps and technology, most of which I hadn’t heard of before I started work here, but everyone is very patient whilst they wait for you to learn how to do stuff. It is only a small workforce so the art of talking to each other is very much alive and kicking but sometimes it can get so busy, or people are working in totally different countries and time zones, that it is helpful to be able to communicate electronically too. I’ve learnt how to file stuff on the Cloud and we use a meeting app similar to Facetime, but I absolutely draw the line at struggling to use a Mac laptop quickly enough to produce what I need to and have stuck to using a PC (much to the disgust of the Tech guy).

I have never worked in the charity sector before and seeing from the inside how much work goes into trying to raise funds is incredible. It’s great to hear other people’s ideas and watching how it all comes together. All of our events are very much a team effort and the input from volunteers is an extremely valuable resource and is growing all the time.

Our membership too is growing, which is great, but we’ve always got room for more. Lots of people leave the military and realise that they feel something is missing from their life. What you are looking for is the camaraderie you had in the Services and also a sense of purpose. Both of those can be found when you sign up with TR, what are you waiting for?

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