Debbie Rodrigues | Oct 1, 2018 | 0
How Executive Assistants Can Overcome the Fear of Embracing Innovation
Executive Assistants are known for having many superpowers. Why not use them to overcome the fear of embracing innovation and take your career to the next level?
I’ve lost count of how often I’ve heard Executive Assistants ask if they will lose their jobs because of AI.
The truth, though, is that Executive Assistants are now standing at the crossroads of the familiar and the unknown.
I hope you are itching to step into the future instead of holding back due to whispers of uncertainty. If that’s the case, you’re in good company!
Today’s work landscape is filled with innovation, and it’s your time to shine. I encourage you to embark on a journey to overcome the fear of change and turn it into fuel for your growth.
Expanding Your Skill Set for the “Next Step”
Imagine you’re on a treasure hunt, where every new skill you acquire is a gem that makes your professional treasure chest overflow.
The first step is to identify which skills are in high demand and align with your interests:
- Are you intrigued by the potential of digital tools?
- Are you drawn to project management?
Whatever sparks your interest, dive in! Online courses, webinars, and even YouTube tutorials can be your map to hidden treasures.
Remember, every master was once a beginner. So, if a new software or a project management tool seems daunting, start small. Dedicate a few minutes each day to learning it. Before you know it, you’ll be the go-to expert in your office, the one who not only anticipates the needs of executives but also presents innovative solutions.
For instance, I began utilizing Asana in 2014 as a comprehensive tool to manage and track all tasks associated with developing this website. This direct, hands-on experience with Asana positioned me ideally to join the team responsible for its implementation at my company.
Upskilling: A Necessity for Career Progression
Think of upskilling as your career’s immune system, keeping you resilient in the face of change.
It’s more than just trendy jargon; it’s a requirement. The more versatile your skill set, the more indispensable you become. Ask yourself, what skills will lead to the most significant career impact? Data analysis, event planning, or maybe financial management?
Don’t wait until you are “forced” to invest yourself.
Identify your gaps and fill them with knowledge:
- Enroll in that certification course you’ve been eyeing.
- Join professional groups where you can learn from peers and leaders alike.
And don’t forget to celebrate every milestone – each new skill is a step towards a more dynamic you!
Building a Professional Portfolio
We’ve talked about the importance of your Personal Brand before.
Your professional portfolio is the narrative of your career. It’s not just a resume; it’s a showcase of your journey, achievements, and potential. To build it, start by defining your personal brand. What values do you stand for? How do you want to be perceived in the professional world?
Use platforms like LinkedIn to tell your story, share your successes, and connect with like-minded professionals.
Document your achievements and projects, no matter how small. Did you streamline a process that saved time? Did you implement a new system that improved efficiency? These stories highlight your innovative spirit.
Remember, your portfolio is a living document. Keep it updated, vibrant, and reflective of the dynamic professional you are becoming.
Innovation is not just about technology; it’s about mindset. It’s about being brave enough to take the first step, persistent enough to keep going, and wise enough to learn from every stumble.
AI and AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) are not only present but are set to increasingly play significant roles in shaping how we approach tasks and processes. Why not embrace these technologies now and evolve alongside them, leveraging their potential for growth and innovation?
As Executive Assistants, we have the power to shape not only our path but also the future of the executives we support.
So go ahead, take that leap of faith into innovation. The world of tomorrow needs the skills you hold today.
Ready, set, grow!