Nominations close 30 September 2020!
by Shona Dowden, Wellington GMT
When we first started on the idea of the enhanced version of the Wellington Group Member of the Year, we wanted to be innovative in our approach to the Awards and the idea was born to make the Awards more than just the one supreme award. We also saw this as another opportunity for members to develop themselves. The GMT agreed that they saw the Wellington Group Member of the Year Award as a stepping stone towards going for the Administrative Professional of the Year (APOTY) Award. A number of Wellington Members have tried (and succeeded) with the APOTY Award and many of them will attest that it is not necessarily about the result but about the journey they take to get there. It is about receiving the recognition you deserve.
A question we get asked about a lot is ‘what do you get out of AAPNZ?’. You get out what you put in. Had I not been shoulder tapped to become a more active member of AAPNZ and assist for a short period whilst someone was ill, I would not have taken my journey of achievement. I certainly wouldn’t have put my hand up to speak in front of 170 guests at an Administrative Day breakfast had I not had the support of AAPNZ. The opportunities are there - take a step into the unknown, you never know what you might achieve.
We are a culture that tends not to blow our own trumpet and while we might like to hide behind a desk, it is also important that you are recognised, not only for yourself, but also for the admin profession. I’m sure many of us have had countless thank you’s over the years and just shrugged them off. I, too, have been a finalist in the APOTY Awards and while I was not the eventual winner, I received personal recognition from the Chief of Defence Force at the time, General Jerry Mataparae. In terms of putting this in context, I was a long way down the command chain to where I sat in the organisation and as General Jerry was passing one day, he stopped by to personally congratulate me. This, as they say, was priceless!
Why am I telling you this? It is important that we are recognised. We are the glue that holds everything together and without the glue many organisations (and bosses) would fail.
In our first Group meeting this year (this seems so long ago), Bernice Jackson (Alpha Recruitment) talked to us about CVs and job interviews etc. One thing that resonated with me was about showcasing the skills you have. What better way to put it out there than to say you’ve been selected for some awards because of the skills that you possess. Not only does it look good on your CV - it looks good on your Performance Report. Achieving an award (and going for APOTY) sets people apart from others. It is the icing on the cake.
I encourage you to apply for the Wellington Group Member of the Year. Yes, there are categories that are AAPNZ focused, but there are also categories that could translate from your normal day job. Entries close on 30 September 2020.
You can nominate yourself or you can nominate others in the group. You can even suggest it to your managers to nominate you. Remember you may not be the only person that will benefit from your nomination. It is like having a pebble thrown into the water and watching the ripples appear.
We have received a number of nominations, but we would like to see more. To those who already submitted a nomination, unfortunately we had a technical malfunction at the start of the process, so we would appreciate you resubmitting these please.