In today’s modern workplace, the ability to cope with change and deal with challenges is an essential trait for any EA or PA looking to excel in their role. But remaining positive in the face of adversity can be tough. Fear of failure, reactive behaviour and fear of rejection are just some of the many hurdles which stop people from being resilient in tough times.
Jeff Petrie is one EA who knows all too well about why stepping outside of a comfort zone is critical to career success. Jeff has had a colourful career to date, and took a chance that changed the direction of his life.
Two years ago he completely changed careers from being in television production to taking the role as Assistant to the CEO, Health Hawke’s Bay. While Jeff describes being an EA as the ‘most rewarding but most demanding job’ he has ever had, he credits getting to where he is today by embracing risks and not being afraid of the unknown.
In this article, Jeff shares insight into his colourful career progression to date and a few realistic tips EAs can use to embrace change to stay motivated at work.