I’m a Bored Executive Assistant – Is It Time to Move On? – Ask an Admin

EA with Brains asks:

Q: How to approach this situation?

I work for a C-level executive who gives me tasks to do even though I’ve asked my executive if there’s anything I can do to assist with project-related work. I’m bored and not sure if it’s time to search for another job. I’m over 50 and may not get a match in salary (I’m highly compensated).

Thank you!

A: It sounds like you are feeling underutilized and unfulfilled in your current role. It is understandable to feel bored and want to explore other opportunities if you are not being challenged or given the opportunity to contribute to meaningful work. Before making any decisions about leaving your job, it may be helpful to try some of the following strategies:

  1. Communicate your needs and desires: Talk to your executive and express your desire to be more involved in project-related work and utilize your skills and experience. You could also ask for feedback on how you can improve and better contribute to the team.
  2. Seek out new opportunities within your organization: If you are unable to work on project-related tasks within your current role, consider seeking out new opportunities within your organization that align with your goals and interests. This could involve talking to your manager or HR about potential internal transfers or taking on additional responsibilities.
  3. Explore professional development opportunities: Consider enrolling in training or certification programs that can help you acquire new skills and knowledge that could be applied to your current role or future career opportunities.
  4. Consider a job search: If you have tried the above strategies and still feel unfulfilled in your current role, it may be time to consider looking for a new job. Keep in mind that while salary is important, it is not the only factor to consider when evaluating job opportunities. Look for a role that aligns with your goals, values, and interests and where you will be able to utilize your skills and experience.

Ultimately, the decision to stay in your current job or pursue other opportunities is a personal one and will depend on your individual circumstances and priorities. Consider seeking advice from a mentor, career coach, or trusted friend or family member as you weigh your options.


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