Interview With: AN EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Our ‘Interview With’ series speaks to people in varying careers to ask about their role and how they got there, to inspire others who may be at the stage of picking a career, or switching up their current one.

If you’re someone who is known for being organised and can multi-task, tune in now because this might be your dream job… this week we interviewed an executive assistant.

  • WHAT IS YOUR JOB TITLE?

Executive Assistant

  • HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING SINCE LEAVING FULL-TIME EDUCATION?

13 years

  • WHAT ARE YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR IN YOUR ROLE?

Assisting a Vice President within a Global Cyber Security Company – I help manage their inbox, calendar and their projects

  • WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WORKDAY LOOK LIKE?

Organise VP’s calendar, then approve, delegate or flag emails that have come in from the US overnight. I attend approximately four meetings daily depending on what projects I am working on and when the team’s meetings are, including a daily sync with the VP to check we are aligned and the VP knows what’s going on

  • WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

Constant variety, managing all sorts of different projects, working with executives 

  • WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE LOOKING TO GET INTO YOUR INDUSTRY?

Being in the tech industry and especially cyber security is the place to be, especially in this current climate.

Make sure you do your research on any new product releases, acquisitions etc that the company has made before going to an interview, as employers will be looking for people that are as passionate about the industry, and the company, as they are.

  • WHAT ARE THE MAIN QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED FOR YOUR ROLE/INDUSTRY?

For an executive assistant role, you’ll need proof that you are organised, can juggle multiple tasks, work in a fast-paced environment, adaptable to different executives working styles, efficient in MS word, excel, PowerPoint and outlook

For a project manager role, you’ll need a Agile or Prince2 Qualification, proof that you have co-ordinated or managed projects in prior employment, show that you are structured and have a deadline-focused way of thinking

  • WHO WAS YOUR ROLE MODEL GROWING UP?

I always looked up to women in leadership, especially in the tech industry and corporate world

  • IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF ANY ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Stand by your beliefs, learn to speak up when you have a suggestion or idea in a meeting environment, use constructive criticism to develop and grow, rather than letting it affect your confidence in your abilities. Lastly, it’s always better to give things a go and learn from your mistakes than sit on the sidelines

  • PAY RANGE IN £ (TOTAL PACKAGE): 

A = up to 20k
B = 21-30k
C = 31-50k
D = 50-70k <<<<<
E = 70k +