In many ways, administrative services managers are at the center of the action. From making sure new employees have workstations to overseeing renovations, these managers make sure offices remain productive.
Think of them as stage directors, choreographers, or conductors: they coordinate the efforts of many into a smoothly performing whole.
Administrative services managers supervise staff and manage office operations. Some specialize in facilities, managing buildings as varied as office high-rises, sports arenas, and shopping malls.
“I consider myself something of a caregiver, like a mother. It's not only the physical things that people need. Sometimes they just need someone to listen to them.” Alison, Office-Administration Manager
Organized, alert, and aware. You’ll need to notice everything -- from the number of message pads in the supply closet to the people who call in sick too often.
A background in architecture, engineering, or construction management will come in handy if you work as a facility manager.