Considering Becoming An Executive Personal Assistant? This Is What You Should Know

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Some secretaries would agree, being a personal assistant to one or a handful people is a challenging task. It takes skills to juggle between your own workload and that which is expected of you to manage on the behalf of your manager or executives.


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For those whom have climbed the ladder, would know that your starting point would be a junior secretary, giving support to supervisory staff and support or assist teams or group of employees on lower ladder.

Advancing to general secretary - where it is expected to provide full secretary support to middle management and where senior secretaries are involved; they provide support to executives at top level and assist departmental heads/senior supervisors.

Executive personal assistants provide full secretarial support for higher executives and assist in supervising junior staff members and where secretary duties overlap managerial functions.

Any personal executives are expected some-time in the career path to display the following skills:

  • Organisational skills
  • Multi-tasking capabilities
  • Time management
  • Diary management
  • Interpersonal communication skills – both spoken and written
  • Problem solving
  • Conflict management
  • Decision making
  • Event coordinating
  • Professional conduct
  • Personnel management at supervisor level

What is also important to know, since relevant management functions in the business is relied on more frequently it is beneficial to be proactive in the workplace, where possible decisions are to be made independently and to build strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including staff, customers and suppliers.

Building a good communication channel with executives will be assisting you when providing feedback and be given access to important information within your workplace.

If your motivation to become a personal assistant is to obtain a various skills set within a specialised industry, looking for an advancement in multiple career possibilities, love working with different people and have a desire to assist people in their day-to-day tasks. If you are able to work under pressure and have good stress management skills, why not consider this position.

Looking for training courses to get qualified? You should check out Academy Training Group.

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