Kim’s Column : The Power Role

Personal and Executive Assistants (PA/ EAs) are traditionally known as “gatekeepers” but this outdated description barely scratches the surface of all the value that they provide.  Nowadays, they are often termed as having the “power role” with strategic input commanding six-figure salaries in the largest organisations. A demanding role like this requires expert-level skills. Read more >>>

Similarly the Virtual Assistant (VA) industry is growing in Europe and in the UK in particular with a wide variety of task-based and dedicated services being provided by some very experienced professionals.

So whether you’re committed to the EA, PA (or VA) path or hope to use the role to springboard to your dream job, some of the skills you’ll need for The Power Role are: resourcefulness, commercial awareness, tech prowess, ruthless prioritisation, calm under pressure, impeccable organisation, strategic multi-tasking, emotional intelligence, strong negotiating and networking skills.

The Exeter PA Network supports the career development of its members via training, as well as providing a platform to hone networking skills and build a great book of contacts. As a group of Executive, Personal and Virtual Assistants, who are the gatekeepers to the owners and/or senior leaders of businesses across the region, our members have the ability and power to connect organisations at different levels to make business happen – which is something we’re incredibly proud of.

The Power Role Kim Glover