"13 years of slavery"

New CwKp75
Sep 19 33 Comments

I've been working as an executive assistant for 13 years. I'm making 6 figures and have worked in Fortune 500. However, I feel so miserable in the role. Now after I had a baby last year, I'm eager to change my career and curious what roles I may be able to pivot to?

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TOP 33 Comments
  • Microsoft / Sales 9d7h5g
    The most overlooked, underappreciated, underpaid, and hardworking group of people. My EA is the heart and work horse of the team and probably makes less than most everyone walking around. And the constraints we have corporately don't allow us to move that needle by enough to make a tangible difference unfortunately.
    Sep 19 3
    • Google / Product
      Urs

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      Ursmore
      This. At least pre-2006 IPOs if you were EA/non-core job you stood to make a fortune. Not with the current shit show in start-ups
      Sep 19
    • New rdnn31
      You learn the value of them quickly in sales... because their opinion is going to determine how well things go
      Sep 19
    • Amazon onmgccg
      6 figures is underpaid?
      Sep 19
  • Amazon avslsvj
    I've always felt sorry for the executive assistants. With 13 years of experience you should be able to nail a management role.
    Sep 19 0
  • Amazon onmgccg
    why miserable?
    Sep 19 7
    • Uber univ fink
      How does that make it “slavery”?
      Sep 19
    • AT&T MsdR32
      6 figures for being responsible, paying attention, getting shit done and dealing with people's bullshit. It's a hard job, and hard to do well and to last.
      Sep 19
    • EATON / Sales
      Mi8c2

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      @MsdR32, for sure, I agree it isn’t an easy job. I guess I’m just wondering why OP thinks the job is worth the salary. But I guess the monotonous tasks could be really hard takes that OP has just gotten really good at
      Sep 20
    • Thoughtworks kemosabe
      Depending on the numbers, 6 figures can be slavery in Silicon Valley.
      Sep 20
    • EATON / Sales
      Mi8c2

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      @kemosabe I see your point that it is not really a high salary in that area especially if you are supporting a family
      Sep 20
  • Google wkkjy
    Why call it slavery if noone forced you to do it? In a way we are all slaves, even the CEO of the company. So not sure why being EA or something else will make you feel any different.
    Sep 19 3
    • New CwKp75
      OP
      I agree it's not slavery. However, I'm unhappy in the role and am often told I should be in a different role.
      Sep 19
    • Western Digital dying
      If the options are being an EA or starving, it's kinda slavery. Ever heard the term wage slave?
      Sep 19
    • Google wkkjy
      dying@: Ever heard of word abuse? I am not saying the problem doesnt exist, I am just saying that it is not proportional to the severity of the words being used. And also the fact that most people hate their jobs.
      Sep 20
  • Microsoft kgfo
    Try business manager or operations /program management roles
    Sep 19 2
    • Microsoft snoozefest
      This. Also I've know a few make a switch to project management (good at getting updates from leadership, don't deal with crap, attention to detail)
      Sep 19
    • EATON / Sales
      Mi8c2

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      I was also going to say project management. I’ve read that executive assistants are now basically project managers in a lot of ways. I am sure you could pivot to that.
      Sep 19
  • Amazon xkfmfjxks
    pretty well compensated don’t yall think, 6 figs
    Sep 19 0
  • Your calling it a slavery is an insult to people who actually were enslaved. But congrats, you got our attention. You can pivot to operation or project management. The first one is probably a better fit. Nothing will change unless you take actions to make changes yourself. Feelings won’t.
    Sep 19 0
  • GitHub Gitter
    I have a friend that was a EA and told me how crappy it was. They were able transfer out but they were vocal to their manager and told them they would leave otherwise. The company help and allowed them to find a better role by allowing them to work 20% with another team to build their skill until eventually they interview for that position and got it. I think it’s a bit tricky since you just had a baby(congrats!), but I think you should also think about what you want to do and then try to figure out how to get there. If you just go with what we say you can go to and hate it you’ll be stuck in the same place you are now... with maybe more $ but might not be happy
    Sep 19 0
  • Apple 🥭mango
    I would say trys HR or Project Management roles
    Sep 19 0
  • Amazon newAz
    What does EA do?
    Sep 19 2
    • Amazon onmgccg
      take calls schedule calls, book trips
      Sep 19
    • Netflix lgoffbud
      This response varies for teams - as an EA I am a thought partner and extension of my executive. I attend meetings on their behalf and help them project manage the various initiatives they are driving. My favorite part about being an EA is you have visibility across the organization to help cross functional teams connect the dots to streamline efficiency where teams are overlapping efforts.
      Oct 2
  • Intel puggjds
    Just be a stay at home Mom. You and your family will be happier.
    Sep 19 1
    • Amazon avslsvj
      No. This is not a rule for everyone. Some people like it and some other go crazy by staying home
      Sep 19
  • New rdnn31
    What were you doing in that role? You should have plenty of options to transition into.
    Sep 19 1
    • Microsoft / Sales 9d7h5g
      The problem at least at MS is that the level jump between an admin and anything else is large and there are not many "gap" roles to work into. And we are not encouraged to jump them that many levels and are prohibited from giving stock or bonus unless it's a one-off option that requires 82 signoffs.
      Sep 19
  • LinkedIn nobody7
    From TPM to COO
    Sep 19 0
  • LinkedIn bxWD78
    Project management, program management
    Sep 19 0

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