The latest installment in our regular Q&A spotlight session where we sit down with members of the FJY team to find out a little bit more about what exactly they do here and what makes them tick.
This Month: Office Administrator Shelley Newham
Tell us a little about your role at FJY and what you do.
I am the new Office Administrator at FJY. In this role, I need to be able to do a little of everything, from HR (managing the recruitment needs, onboarding new team members, administer benefits & payroll etc..) to technology, to accounting (AP & AR). Just to name a few things.
What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
1.) Be open to new career paths. I didn’t start out in Office Administration or HR, I went to school for Photography. Through life and decision changes, this is where I ended up and I love it.
2.) Be supportive of all your co-workers. Collaborate with each other. I love to see people building each other up, instead of tearing each other down.
3.) Find a mentor or be a mentor yourself. I have found that having a mentor/mentee relationship with someone in your field (not the same industry) has provided valuable insight into the HR profession and Office Administration. Having that relationship has certainly helped me find my voice and a “place at the table”.
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you ever had?
The most interesting job that I had was right out of college. I was working for Apartments.com photographing apartments all over the country. I was able to go to places I had never been to before: the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, etc… and I got to meet a lot of really interesting and great people along the way.
What is your favorite place to be (and why)?
My favorite place to be is with my family and friends. My family and friends are amazing people. They provide unwavering support, lots of laughs, and great times.
What is your personal philosophy?
Just to be true to who you are. There’s no need to try to be someone that you aren’t.
What have you always wanted to try and never done?
I would love to try hang-gliding. It seems like so much fun. My daughter did it a couple of years ago and loved it.