My blog has been silent for far too long. So, here’s a quick look into what’s kept me so busy for the last year and a bit.
When people hear where I work now, their eyes grow big in surprise, they frown and then I get a sting of interesting questions…. Here’s the answer to some the most frequent ones…
What it’s like working for the ASI.
I started this job just over a year ago, after a dead end stint in the hospitality industry. My new title; “Admin Manager” – little did I know at that time, what this role would encompass. There I thought I’d be doing a bit of course coordination, invoicing and quoting. Ha!
As with all new jobs you go through that initial phase of sink or swim. Everything is new and unfamiliar, and you’ve gotta keep your eyes, ears and mind open. Luckily I’m not really a fan of the whole sinking thing, and slowly got better at swimming – albeit in circle and doing doggy paddle.
I am lucky enough to have a pretty darn cool boss, who doesn’t sweat the petty things, and a right hand man who’s the constant in an ever fluctuating sea of busyness overload. And this made the first few scary weeks, when you feel you can do nothing right, bearable.
Who is the ‘’ASI” and what do we do?
The African Snakebite Institute is the largest snake awareness and venomous snake handling training provider in Africa. We teach thousands of delegates a year about snake awareness, identification, behaviour, biology, myths and superstitions, and first aid for snakebite, as well as teaching them how to safely remove and relocate venomous snakes. ASI is also the largest distributor of quality snake handling equipment on the continent.
What’s been my biggest challenge?
I’d say my biggest growth point has been learning to ‘’just do it’’. For someone who always liked to plan everything meticulously, letting that go and just running with whatever was thrown my way was a challenge. Just a year later and I now routinely tackle things I know nothing about and haven’t planned and plotted and procrastinated about.
Best part of the job?
Has to be the team I work with. There’s no drama, hidden agendas, or backstabbing. We’re all just out to do the best we can, and to pick up the slack when we see it’s needed. No better feeling than running with a team that wants to run.
I get to work with some really cool people. Both the regular ASI team and our volunteers.
Travelling more has been an added bonus for me. It’s not something I did a lot of growing up, and I’ve got to see some pretty cool places in the last year. Although you don’t get to experience much when you’re working, it’s still cool to see something besides office walls.