Professional Foundations for Executive Assistants
This program is for Executive Assistants looking to grow their confidence and their ability to undertake the Executive assistant role as an empowered and strategic partner.
The program embraces Executive Assistants from ACT and other State Governments, Australian Public Service, Local Government and the not-for-profit sector
Starting on June 21st
What the program will cover:
Confidence-building through understanding your own style and personality and recognising the styles and personalities of others.
Building and maintaining a strong network.
Breaking through the barriers of your grade – no matter what grade or role you are, we all have a voice and seat at the table.
Positioning yourself to manage up (and out) and transform from a transactional EA to a strategic partner.
Finding your balance including thinking about your mental and physical health.
Technical skills such as inbox and diary management, presentation and interview skills.
The program runs across six workshops, one month apart (in person or via videoconference) from 10 am to 3 pm – June, July, August, September, October, November 2021. Each workshop has a theme and will also include interesting conversations with guest speakers. The workshop is held at the National Archives in the Parliamentary triangle.
1. The Executive Assistant role in the Public Service of the 21st century - 21st of June
The session covers - who are you, who is your boss (DISC profile for both), the public service in the 21st century and what that means for the EA role.
2. Knowing you, knowing me - 23rd of July
The session covers - mental wellbeing, physical health, and nutrition.
3. Technical skills - 19th of August
The session covers - the toolkit of the ultimate EA - diary & management, meeting management and presentation skills.
4. The EA team - 8th of September
The session covers - working in teams, networking how-to and why, managing up and developing strategic partnerships.
5. You, your career, and your contribution - 21st of October
The session covers - a career discussion including interview preparation and practice.
6. Final workshop and group presentation - 18th of November
This session covers - the group project presentations (in a friendly and supportive environment) followed by a discussion about your next steps and the program's close.
The program also includes three small group coaching and peer learning sessions. These coaching sessions will strengthen your networks and provide a safe and practical approach to sharing good ideas and discussing frictions points and problems.
We also provide individual coaching sessions if anyone needs one-on-one support.
Carly Hartas - an experienced senior Executive Assistant and formerly Executive Officer to the British High Commissioner and experienced Executive Assistant program designer and presenter. Founder of Country to Coast EA.
Melanie Fisher and Jo Schumann - former SES officers in the APS and ACT Government and co-founders of the successful public sector Professional Foundations Program.
$3,300 including GST