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Executive Assistant

A high-level organisational role working closely with a company executive or senior manager to provide administrative support

What's it like to be an Executive Assistant?

An Executive Assistant (EA) plays a key organisational role, handling everything from managing an executive’s personal schedule to organising executive board meetings. You may even be asked to represent the executive you support in meetings or other communications.

Executive Assistant

Tasks and duties

  • Accepting and making phone calls and emails on behalf of the executive.
  • Scheduling meetings and booking meeting rooms.
  • Setting the executive's daily schedule.
  • Reviewing incoming reports and handling all correspondence directed to the executive.
  • Acting as the point of contact between the executive and colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Researching a variety of topics.
  • Managing events.
  • Coordinating travel arrangements.
  • Managing office documentation, filing and databases.
  • Producing reports and presentations.
  • Managing assistants and delegating tasks.
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Depending on the company you work for, you may have one or more assistants to support you in your role and you will need to manage their tasks and delegate assignments to them.

Executive Assistants must be highly organised and dependable and be able to prioritise a busy workload. As well as having superior interpersonal and communication skills, you must also have managerial competency and be able to support the objectives and values of both the company and the executive(s) you work for.

What can I earn as an Executive Assistant?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Executive Assistant is between $80k and $90k
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How to become an Executive Assistant


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Formal qualifications are not essential to become an Executive Assistant, however it may be advantageous to undertake study in business administration.

  1. Complete your Secondary School Certificate.
  2. Complete a Certificate III in Business Administration (BSB30415) or Certificate IV in Business Administration (BSB40515) or a higher qualification such as a Bachelor of Business Administration.
  3. Gain advanced computer software skills.
  4. Gain an entry-level position as an assistant to an EA.

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Diploma of Business Administration

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Certificate IV in Business Administration

With this qualification you will develop your administrative skills and learn to provide leadership and guidance to others.

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Bachelor of Business Administration

This degree will develop your knowledge of how organisations work and will prepare you for management positions.

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How do Executive Assistants rate their role?

Latest reviews from 77 Executive Assistants surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.3
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
3.8
Variety of work
3.9

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Nov 2018
Technology and the world have changed rapidly, so has the role of an Executive Assistant. An EA is a partner to his/her manager.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Executive office
The good things
Being an Executive Assistant to senior management, it gives me opportunity to partner with the senior executives I support and manage his/her office for him/her. It is rewarding to see when they can ...
The challenges
Throughout my career, I have had the opportunities to work with and for different senior executives. Each has his or her own management and leadership style. It can be challenging when your manager ...
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Nov 2018
I love being an EA as I get to be involved in the day to day working of the organisation and contribute
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business Administration
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Local Government
The good things
In my role I am in a position of trust and and work in partnership with my executives to acheive outcomes and is judged on the effectiveness on the value of the contribution I make. Have a 360 view o...
The challenges
Some of the challenges an EA can encounter is not getting involved in office politics, working under pressure, ability to be flexible , resilience
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Working hours for Executive Assistants

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Executive Assistants?

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-8.7%
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