Executive Assistant – Wedding Planning, Career Change, Advice Needed!

posted 7 months ago in Career
Post # 2
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1838 posts
Buzzing bee

razromance :  I am an EA in the US for an archival library. The way you are describing what you don’t like about your EA job, i would HIGHLY recommend you get into the museum and library field of EA work. It is vastly different. I work 9-4pm which is fantastic. My boss happens to be VERY self sufficient so I do more work for invoice payment, budgeting, and meeting prep and catering. But for a museum it is fun, and I do no personal errands for my boss, EVER. The museum field is just a different vibe. 

Being an EA really depends on your boss and their demands, I would suggest instead looking at being an EA in a different industry such as mine. Something less demanding and more low key. 

Post # 3
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3090 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

Ugh, that sounds like a nightmare TBH… I think the wedding planning aspect is almost irrelevant here and is merely the impetus that has prompted you to re-evaluate whether this job is the right fit for you going forward. It doesn’t sound like it is. It sounds like you are ready to settle down and enjoy a more stable, routine kind of life and I don’t think you are going to get that with this job.

So yes, I would start looking arond for other jobs. There are plenty of EA positions that don’t require you to be at your bosses beck and call 24/7 – that is an absolutely absurd requirement. If you want to do something a bit different though, your skills would translate very well into office management / administration, scheduling, human resources, procurement, project or program management… all kinds of possibilities.  Some of these might require a bit of academic upgrading but you may even be able to find a position where they are willing to train you / pay for some schooling, etc.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Hey OP – I am a long-time admin/EA and just want to say, I have never had to handle that level of after-hours committment that you do. I know there are EA jobs are like yours, but there are many that are not, that are more a 9-5, with maybe the occasional after-hours work if there’s an issue with a flight, but nothing like what have described. It sounds like your job has a lot of personal assistant responsibilities as well. I think your skills and experience could easily translate to either another EA position that isn’t as demanding and that allows for some work/life balance, to an office manager type position, or project manager.  Best of luck!

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