Exceptional EA is proud to showcase Real Careers, in which administrators from around the globe generously share the benefit of their experience. We’ve already made virtual trips to Belgium, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, the USA and Wales.
Have you mapped out where you’d like to be three, five or 10 years from now?
If advancement is among your goals, you may want to consider the insights of some of the 50 admin. professionals who have contributed already to the Real Careers series.
Let’s see if you can match the experience with the Real Careers alum …
- “Speak frequently with your boss about your wish to grow. Bring ideas, and show how important a new project or function would be for you. Also demonstrate the benefits for your boss and the organisation, as it will help your manager to understand your path.”
- “I suggest the same insights that would have been helpful early in my career: Volunteer for as many different projects as you can. Always bring your A game – make yourself indispensable and always be positive. Always learn and be open to new ideas and experiences.”
- “Listen to people who have done the job; how did they get their roles? What training could you commence right away? Begin to make your connections now.”
- “Learn everything you can about the field. Be willing to put in the time and energy that is needed to learn and progress. Be flexible. Find ways to continuously improve … Contribute to your profession – don’t stand on the sidelines. Take risks – often the best learning experiences are the ones that scared you the most when they first came to your attention. Listen – be attentive to the person you are with and hear what s/he is saying before offering your own opinion.”
- “Ask for extra training as and when required, upskill yourself by attending training, development and networking events such as the excellent office* Show that runs in London each year. Volunteer to take on additional responsibilities where available, put yourself forward and take some risks. You need to take charge of your own career and take positive steps yourself to drive it forward.”
- “Maintain a healthy work/life balance; volunteering is a great way to give back”
- “ALWAYS have a ‘can do’ attitude. I know it is an old cliché, but your attitude will determine your altitude … ALWAYS present yourself professionally in your appearance, work output and attitude. DON’T be afraid of hard work; it is a very hard career, but so rewarding!”
- “Work hard as if it really matters. Find your purpose and ignite your passion because you care. Be prepared to make compromises and sacrifice what’s not relevant. Have clear boundaries, but be adaptable and open minded. Listen and empathise … Go above and beyond in everything you do and don’t limit yourself to a job description. Your professional growth and value are a reflection of your performance and the barriers you break within yourself.”
- “Try to be always one step ahead of your boss, give him/her solutions and not problems, and speak up for yourself when necessary.”
- “Continually strive to better yourself and to grasp every training opportunity. Budgets are tight in the education sector, but it doesn’t have to cost: shadow somebody, be mentored by somebody, look out for in-house training courses.”
- “… find a mentor. Someone you look up to; your boss, a colleague. It doesn’t have to be someone within your own organisation. Ask them how they got to where they are. What training have they attended, how have they managed to push themselves outside their comfort zone? Spend time with successful people, and find out how to become like them!”
- “Network. Take the time to get to know other PAs; not only will it provide you with an invaluable support network, but you never know what contacts they have or knowledge they can share that can help you in your day to day role as well as your career progression. Ask questions and really listen to the answers. Never stop learning; even if it doesn’t directly relate to your day job, you never know what contacts you’ll make and how that information can be used. Be aware of the issues and developments taking place in your industry, and keep on top of current affairs and the trends in the world around you.”
Here are the Real Careers alumni you’ll want to match to these remarks.
Are you stuck?
You could scan the interviews to which these intelligent and friendly faces belong and, by early next week, I’ll match names and faces with the gems published each day this week.