Right now, I am an executive assistant in a financial firm. Within a year, I want to be an executive assistant anywhere
a financial firm. What can I start doing now to prepare, and where do I have a good shot of looking?
My question is sort of a combination of this one
and this one.
I'm a person with a creative background - 10 years in theater, strengths in writing. While I was more active in theater, I was a temp; my temp agency kept sending me to one single financial firm, which was their biggest client. I lucked out with bosses who were tolerant of my "double life", and I was getting regular work, so I didn't care. A couple years ago I decided to go permanent somewhere (not the best time to look) and kept temping while I looked; last year, one of the temp jobs at the bank went permanent, and there was no other job offer out there, so I took it, with the plan that I'd only stay a couple years.
My plan is to stay here until I am out of debt completely (fortunately, that will take only one year - even if I don't get a bonus this year) and then run screaming for the door to get into something else. But I should probably flesh that out a bit, in two regards --
A). All I know about the office I want to move into is that it NOT be finance or business-related. I've spent the past ten years not understanding what anyone around me is talking about, and I really, really don't fit in with them. I would be much happier doing the very same work I'm doing now, only for an industry that deals with media or television or art or anything that's not about banking. I could
maybe deal with a couple of the "non-businessy" fields within finance - I've been an assistant in the legal department of this firm, and the archives as well - and those things I could actually do. But where I am now, the office doing the actual...."businessy" money things, I can't stand. But that still is a pretty broad field.
B). I'm afraid that my resume is going to show 10 years in predominantly financial-oriented businesses is going to get me "typecast". I have
done administrative assistant work in education as well - but the bulk of my experience is in financial work. And even though I'd effectively be doing much the same work for any other field (making appointments, ordering office supplies, handling schedules, answering phones) I'm afraid that that's going to bite me in the ass.
Again, I am perfectly happy
just being an executive assistant. As far as "day jobs" go it is a good fit for me, it fits the weird skill set I have and I am pretty good at it. The only thing I am hoping to change is where
I do it; if I were in a field that could capitalize on my writing and arts background a tiny
bit more that'd be ideal, but the work itself I want to keep as is.
So. Is that huge flexibility in terms of "I don't care where I end up as long as it's not HERE" going to be a problem, or an advantage? Should I maybe think about where I do want to end up rather than taking an "anywhere but here" approach? And, how can I downplay the "finance" part of my experience and play up the "executive assistant" part? And is there anything else I can do that I haven't thought of?