Similarly to helping keep track of your to do list, a personal assistant is also a second pair of eyes. Whether it’s checking that your calendar is well-organised and you haven’t double booked, or thinking ahead about booking travel transfers, it’s the type of forward-thinking that will prevent problems before they’ve happened. When you’re trying to keep multiple balls up in the air this is how you place a safety net underneath, helping to catch any that might drop.
Executive Assistants can expand their roles as they develop new skills. So EAs can stay in the same role for a decade, but essentially do a different job every single year. Since EAs pitch in to help in any way possible, they are constantly exposed to opportunities to develop new competencies. This means they can expand the tasks they help with to incorporate their new skills and interests. And since an EAs work is really never done, the possibilities are virtually endless.
Anyone who has always wanted to “build their own career” (so to speak) will find something akin to that in an Executive Assistant role. There will of course be priorities to cover, as mandated by the executive in question. But as there are always a million things any given executive needs to do, then there are a million ways an Executive Assistant might choose to build new skills and help out.