27 September 2017

From EA to anywhere

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The role of the Executive or Personal Assistant is one of the hardest to define. They are diary managers, project coordinators, secretaries, advisors, stakeholder relationship managers, event planners, transcribers, the list goes on.

It’s surprising how many EAs feel they are trapped in the role without realistic career pathways or alternative positions. Some find themselves in the highest admin position in their organisation- supporting the CEO or secretary- and ask themselves, what now?

Your career thus far as an executive assistant has provided you with a multi-skilled foundation few others have.

By being more proactive about your own career progression you can move into managerial positions or pursue a different path entirely. Here are some of the ways you can climb into any position you like:

      1.  Leverage your connections

EAs deal with dozens of internal and external stakeholders on a daily basis. You will have established connections in a variety of organisations. If you’re good at what you do and the communication has been clear and transparent, these connections could be your foot in the door.

      2.  Express your goals

Your relationship with your executive should be a mutually beneficial partnership. A good executive will be proactive about your workplace satisfaction and be proactive about your professional development. If you’re open and honest with your executive about your career goals they will be able to include you in steps to make sure you’re equipped with the skills to achieve them.

      3.  Know your value

The success of your executive and your organisation often rests on your shoulders- don’t belittle your role. You are one of your organisation’s most valuable assets. It’s important that you realise your self-worth- if you don’t you won’t be able to communicate it to prospective employers.

Akolade’s 4th Public Sector EA/PA Summit is the must attend event for administrative professionals to take control of their professional development and explore career pathways with the best in the sector. 

Written by: Claire Dowler

Claire Dowler is a Senior Conference Producer with Akolade. She recently graduated with a double degree: a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Media and Communications Studies majoring in International Communication. Claire minored in sarcasm and puns.

A ballroom-dancer who collects salt and pepper shakers and volunteers for animal rescue, you might say Claire has eclectic interests.

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