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Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by mission08(f): 5:28pm On Mar 05, 2012
I have noticed that most times, PA/Secretaries roles are stepping stones to future positions. Few people would want to continue as a PA throughout their career lifetime. Personally, wouldnt want that, maybe because I didnt set out a PA but was pulled out from Admin. Although, I enjoy working with my present boss (who is the President/CEO), he is very amiable though meticulous and I have learnt a lot working with him but I keep having this feeling that working with other people may not be that worthwhile.

I would appreciate responses from others in this career path. Do u see yourself still in this path 5,10,15years down the line or are you planning to diversify?
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by yimiton(f): 10:23am On Mar 14, 2012
Unless the secretaries do not have degrees, they are usually very dissatisfied with just being assistants and always look out for other opportunities.
Another set of Secretaries who may stay on on the jobs are those who have been there for so long, they can't imagine themselves doing other jobs or they've not been groomed to do anything else.

My advice, please change job roles as soon as you can, with a secretariat job, you can't grow to any heights, no matter how nice your boss may be.
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by simplyHR: 11:19am On Mar 21, 2012
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Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by FunmyKemmy(f): 9:57am On May 25, 2012
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Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by MyPeace(f): 3:41pm On Jun 08, 2012
mission08:
I have noticed that most times, PA/Secretaries roles are stepping stones to future positions. Few people would want to continue as a PA throughout their career lifetime. Personally, wouldnt want that, maybe because I didnt set out a PA but was pulled out from Admin. Although, I enjoy working with my present boss (who is the President/CEO), he is very amiable though meticulous and I have learnt a lot working with him but I keep having this feeling that working with other people may not be that worthwhile.

I would appreciate responses from others in this career path. Do u see yourself still in this path 5,10,15years down the line or are you planning to diversify?

You are right, its most times a stepping stone to future positions. A secretary who remains same for years and retires as same, is one without ambition. A secretary who has worked in Accounts dept, can start a new career in that line, by acquiring Accounting certificates, as well as a Secretary in HR, Admin and other depts.

Throughout my years of working as Sec/PA, l worked for Admin and Hr departments, having known that no matter what, a secretary can hardly be promoted to head depts, l started a career in Human Resources Mgt...Today to the Glory of God, l work as HR/Admin Executiv. Definitelty if l decide to leave here today, l can easily get a Manager position in Admin or HR departments.
It all depends on our ambitions in life. For now, l cant go back to Sec/PA jobs, though l enjoyed the days I worked in those capacities.

@Yimiton
You made a valid point.
I also encourage every one of us to have career goals, God helping, we shall all achieve our dreams!

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Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by Jummy4real(f): 10:42am On Oct 04, 2012
Please if these come out in a self appraisal form how best do u think one can answer them as a personal assistant in any organisation?

1. What suggestions do you have for next year's competencies? Outline them
2. What training programme do you need to become more effective
3. What support do you need for on-the-job development?
4. Other comments
Thanking you in advance for your swift response
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by Jummy4real(f): 4:16pm On Oct 17, 2012
I’m the PA to the CEO/Office Admin in my present place of work for the past 9 years and I'll like to enhance my career/take another job as Human Resources Mgr in future in another company. Kindly suggest HR courses/trainings i can go for to fully equip me as HR Mgr in future. Thanking you in advance for your swift response.
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by udoka2: 4:46pm On Oct 17, 2012
jummy4real
register with cipm, thats the starting point. Join HR forum on this career section to learn more.

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Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by Jummy4real(f): 12:01pm On Oct 18, 2012
Thanks Udoka2. Could you please send the link of HR forum to me? I'm based in Lagos please where can i register for CIPM in Lagos? Thanking you in advance for your swift response.
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by Jummy4real(f): 12:08pm On Oct 18, 2012
thanks once again Udoka2; i just got the link of HR professionals. Kindly help with the CIPM stuff.
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by Nobody: 7:47pm On Oct 18, 2012
i appreciate the good work u all are doing on this forum, am a part time student studying Accountancy in Lagos and need a job, pls anyone who has an idea of any opening should reach me on 08126112036 or anderigwe@gmail.com
Thank you
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by udoka2: 12:44pm On Oct 19, 2012
jummy
here is cipm website:
http://www.cipmnigeria.org/
you will get all info you need from them, you can even call their office.

all the best!
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by MyPeace(f): 8:43am On Apr 04, 2013
Hi my peeps
How are you all doing?

I am looking for a secretary to the General Manager
Send me your CV urgently to onyiio@yahoo.com.
I said l wont advertise on NL again, but l cant do that for this position.
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by Nobody: 12:48pm On Apr 04, 2013
location pls....
Hi my peeps
How are you all doing?

I am looking for a secretary to the General Manager
Send me your CV urgently to onyiio@yahoo.com.
I said l wont advertise on NL again, but l cant do that for this position.
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Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by MyPeace(f): 12:52pm On Apr 04, 2013
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by Nobody: 1:41pm On Apr 10, 2013
MyPeace: Victoria Island, Lagos.

Good one.
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by nnemak(m): 3:22pm On May 22, 2013
Urgently recruiting for an Executive Secretary (5 years experience minimum required) for a Multinational Oil servicing firm based in Ikoyi, Lagos. Kindly send profiles to ckossi85@yahoo.com
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by Nobody: 4:27pm On May 22, 2013
nne_mak: Urgently recruiting for an Executive Secretary (5 years experience minimum required) for a Multinational Oil servicing firm based in Ikoyi, Lagos. Kindly send profiles to ckossi85@yahoo.com

Candidates without 5 years experience should not bother applying?
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by ufobabe(f): 6:18pm On Jul 03, 2013
i am secretary. Someone please give me d format of a minute. Spiritual organisation. I need a thorough lesson please. It is very important, i am willing to learn. It is open to everybody .thanx. I await ur response
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by chinnylove25: 8:33am On Sep 17, 2013
Pls how do I get this job, because I know I can handle these challenges you all passed through. Its a job I know that will be FIT for me.
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by zarammum: 1:52pm On Dec 10, 2013
hai all, am new here. I have higher National Diploma in Secretarial Studies. I also have a post graduate Diploma in Business Administration. I need a job badly, anybody with an idea of a job opening?. Thanks and God bless.
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by sholemania: 6:40am On Jan 03, 2014
joanana: Please i need your help. i want to write ICSAN in December diet. please i need to know the total amount required. right now m confuse n have been to the website , still cant understand it. i m presently working as a Secretary n i want to be chartered. please if u know anything or have  written the exams before, please i need your assistance. thank you. m a graduate of mass communication thanx again
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How far have you gone in becoming a graduate member? which of the courses are you having left?
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by sholemania: 6:58am On Jan 03, 2014
MyPeace:
You are right, its most times a stepping stone to future positions. A secretary who remains same for years and retires as same, is one without ambition. A secretary who has worked in Accounts dept, can start a new career in that line, by acquiring Accounting certificates, as well as a Secretary in HR, Admin and other depts.
Throughout my years of working as Sec/PA, l worked for Admin and Hr departments, having known that no matter what, a secretary can hardly be promoted to head depts, l started a career in Human Resources Mgt...Today to the Glory of God, l work as HR/Admin Executiv. Definitelty if l decide to leave here today, l can easily get a Manager position in Admin or HR departments.
It all depends on our ambitions in life. For now, l cant go back to Sec/PA jobs, though l enjoyed the days I worked in those capacities.
@Yimiton
You made a valid point.
I also encourage every one of us to have career goals, God helping, we shall all achieve our dreams!
Really love this thread.. Am an HND holder in Office Technology and Management, a graduate member in NIM, also a graduate member in IPDM. I wanna hear the opinion of people that are practicing already and who might have idea about what roles you take when you belong to certain professional association.
I believe becoming a member of ICSAN makes one multi-functional. u can be an administrator, u can fit in HR, and also in Accounts. Cos i see from some peoples post that they have the orientation that the word secretaries in the Name of the Institute makes one a chattered typist and shorthand writer..
Do you have a contrary opinion to that? Just lemme hear your view.
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by Ojurere(m): 11:02am On Nov 03, 2014
Complement of the season to you all. Am certain we are giving our best on the job.
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Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by joanana(f): 5:56pm On Mar 23, 2015
sholemania:

How far have you gone in becoming a graduate member? which of the courses are you having left?

Finally, I completed the ICSAN programme in December 2014. I will be inducted as An Associate Chartered secretary not Grad ICSAN. I attended two mandatory programmes (ICSAN conference and mandatory course program). It's part of the requirements for becoming an associate.
Re: Secretaries (Or Personal Assistants) On Nairaland by joanana(f): 6:10pm On Mar 23, 2015
sholemania:
Really love this thread.. Am an HND holder in Office Technology and Management, a graduate member in NIM, also a graduate member in IPDM. I wanna hear the opinion of people that are practicing already and who might have idea about what roles you take when you belong to certain professional association.
I believe becoming a member of ICSAN makes one multi-functional. u can be an administrator, u can fit in HR, and also in Accounts. Cos i see from some peoples post that they have the orientation that the word secretaries in the Name of the Institute makes one a chattered typist and shorthand writer..
Do you have a contrary opinion to that? Just lemme hear your view.

You got it wrong.
Becoming a member of ICSAN broadens your knowledge of the law.

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