Sandy Thompson

Member Profile Information

Name

Sandy Thompson

LinkedIn Profile

http://www.linkedin.com/in/sandy-thompson-a2912949

Current / Most Recent Job Title

Personal Assistant to Lord Mayor of Wollongong

Years in Administrative Support Profession(s)

11+

Greatest Professional Strength / Talent

Great communicator at all levels

Current Priority for Professional Development

Interested in learning more about the Virtual Assistants roles and responsibilities

Opportunities I Am Open To (Check All That Apply)

Peer Mentoring, Find a Coaching Mentor, Join a Mastermind, Local Networking

Meeting & Communication Preferences (Check All That Apply)

Face to Face, Online or Teleconference, Industry Events

Country

Australia

Primary City & State/Province

Wollongong

Where I'm From

I’ve been employed by Wollongong City Council for the past 17 years, prior to that was 10 years in the banking industry and prior to that I worked as a full time checkout chick. Council has provided me many diverse opportunities with my very first job as a switchboard operator, then I moved to Secretarial Services where I provided PA, Administrative and other services to divisions such as Development Assessment and Compliance, Recreation and Natural Resources, Community & Cultural Services, Corporate Relations and Corporate Development.

Council went into Administration in 2008 which is when I started working for the 3 Administrators. This position proved to be the biggest learning curve for me. The Administrators were fast paced, quite vigilant and there was no room for errors! I guess I was in the right place at the right time or the wrong place at the wrong time depending on which way you look at it lol.
Currently, I am the PA to the Lord Mayor which I love. I definitely think the people you work alongside make the job! We have a great team and it’s exciting that our team is growing because we get to work with more great people. Working for the Lord Mayor has its challenges like any job. The Lord Mayor is a “yes” man and he loves to be involved in everything and anything and he works “around the clock” ……..it is my job to keep up with him. The work is interesting, I get to meet lots of people from all walks of life and I have a great insight into what happens in the Wollongong LGA. Once per month the Lord Mayor and myself conduct Citizenship Ceremonies where approx 40 new Citizens become Australians which is one of the happy and more positive aspects of my position. The people are nervous and excited at the same time but they are always VERY happy!

Where I'm At

I only heard about the Mentors and Masterminds whilst browsing my LinkedIn yesterday.  I haven’t had time to have a real good look but on the surface I like the concept and sharing of information with like minded individuals and look forward to exploring the site further.

Where I'm Headed

To tap into and learn more about the Virtual Assistant world and the technologies used to get the job done.

What I'm Most Passionate About

I have been learning rock n roll dancing since March and love love it.

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