Indispensable Recruitment campus presents,
Tommorow's Executive Assistants Mentorship Program - Class of 2021
Since the founding of Indispensable, we have developed several initiatives that aim to animate the professional community and promote its influence. In response to numerous requests for a mentoring plan for assistants, we are proud to introduce our newest project, Tomorrow’s Executive Assistants Mentorship Program. Indispensable campus is offering a mentoring program to support administrative assistants who wish to progress to an executive support role.
What you can expect
As part of the Mentorship Program, you will be paired with an experienced Executive Assistant for one year. Monthly meetings will be scheduled with your mentor to discuss the theme of the month. She will share with you her best tips and advice adapted to your needs, as defined beforehand by email.
The team has carefully selected the mentors who will be part of the program from among all those who have shown their interest. From SMB’s to large corporations, your mentors all have more than 10 years of experience as executive assistants in various environments. They are available to give you the support you need to reach your professional goals.
I am an administrative assistant,
how do I apply?
To participate in the mentoring program, you must have been in an administrative assistant role, or equivalent, for at least 2 years and provide us with a copy of your resume, a link to your LinkedIn profile and a cover letter (one page maximum) including:
- A brief description of your current position
- Your professional goals
- Your expectations and goals for the mentoring program
Made up of experienced assistants and market specialists, the jury will be responsible for analyzing all the profiles received and selecting the mentees. The jurors will meet in order to make a joint decision as to which administrative assistants will be part of the mentorship program.
Our mentors profiles
Class of 2021
Executive Assistant - Broccolini Construction
I started my career as a secretary in the early 90s, a position I held for about 12 years. My career path then led me to sales as a major account representative, a position I held for a little over 10 years. Bringing my secretarial background with me, the president of the company slowly delegated me all the administrative tasks in support of the sales team, while simultaneously executing my role as a representative. Over the years, I realized that working as an assistant was my passion.
Seven years ago, I left the company and my position as a representative, and I have since been working as an assistant to the CEO, as well as the president and the two vice-presidents of the construction division.
Today, I want to pass on my knowledge and expertise to the next generation and help them discover the beautiful profession of executive assistant.
Executive Assistant to the Assistant General Director - Centre de services scolaire des Mille-Îles
I have over 30 years of experience in secretarial work. I was a member of the executive of the APSAQ (Administrative Support Staff Association of Quebec) for 2 years. I was also part of a committee for the succession program for executive assistants of an organization.
Since October 2018, I have been working at the Centre de services scolaire des Mille-Îles, in a managerial position as an executive assistant for the Assistant General Director, Mr. Dominique Robert. I am very happy to have moved into this position; my job is a perfect fit in my career path.
For me, giving back is fundamental and it is ingrained in me. It is not just about teaching someone something, it is how you do it that's important. The next generation is essential.
Coordinator, Human Ressources - ArcelorMittal
I have been an executive assistant for almost 20 years (already). I have worked in several fields, medical, biotechnology, environmental engineering, mining and recently in the construction industry. As an executive assistant, I have assumed different levels of responsibility such as office manager, team supervisor or project manager.
I was not necessarily meant to become an assistant, but life guided me towards this path. I am very happy with it today. It is a profession without routine, that can bring great challenges to those who want it.
I recently changed jobs and I have more time to devote to volunteer work. I am committed to the evolution of the role of assistant at all levels. I believe that a well-prepared assistant will have an easier time finding her place in an organization.
Executive Assistant to the President and CEO - WSP
To use the words of a famous and likeable character from Uderzo and Goscinny, I fell into the administrative support business somewhat by accident. After a stay in English-speaking countries, I came back to Quebec in 1999 and took a job as a receptionist in a Montreal fashion company, out of necessity to pay the rent.
One thing leading to another, with the help of bilingualism, I acquired administrative skills through temporary positions as an administrative assistant and customer service representative. A great opportunity came up in 2001 during an interview, when an instant chemistry took place between the vice-president of a large pharmaceutical company and I, and I obtained my first executive assistant position, despite the little experience I had. The first lesson I learned as an executive assistant is that beyond skills, the key to a successful collaboration between a manager and his or her assistant lies in the compatibility of their personalities and the bond of their professional relationship. The rest can be learned!
Over the years and with the inspiring leaders I have worked with, I have come to understand the importance of my role with the business leaders I support. From them taking the time to ask my opinion, I have learned to recognize the confidence they have in my skills and my judgment. I have found, through the projects they ask me to be involved in, that they believe in the added value of the perspective of the person they entrust with their professional lives and their daily agenda.
Today, I would like for the administrative and executive assistant career to be more valued, not just a default position, but a promising professional choice. The choice to be in a logistical and advisory position with the greatest leaders of today and tomorrow.
When I learned about the mentoring program at L'indispensable, I was immediately charmed. How I wish I had the opportunity to seek advice in difficult situations. How I wish I had known years ago what I know today and how I wish I knew today what I will know in a few years. The mentoring program not only enables the sharing of valuable knowledge in a profession where the demand is constant, but it also enables the valorization of an irreplaceable job in corporate environments.
Executive Assistant - Biron Groupe Santé
I have been an executive assistant for over 30 years. I recently left my job after 29 years at the same company in the financial industry. For the past 2 years, I have been in the health sector. I wanted a new challenge. We should not stay in our comfort zone when the desire to expand our horizons arises. You must be willing to go further and not be afraid of the unknown.
I love the profession of assistant because of its complexity but also because of its ease. It is an inspiring job that allows us to grow every day. You might think it is a routine job, but it is not. One minute everything is calm and the next it is chaos. Routine is rare, even if some tasks are repetitive, there is no such thing as a typical day.
The lack of succession made me want to get involved in the mentoring program. People are reluctant to get into this profession because it is not well known. However, being the assistant to a CEO is a prestigious job in my opinion. It is a great career. Nowadays, the assistant to the CEO does more than serve coffee and greet visitors. She is an integral part of the management team. She is the right hand of the leader and is an important asset to the team. She has access to privileged information and is trusted by her peers because she is known to be highly confidential.
After graduating as a laboratory technician, I decided to change careers and became an administrative assistant and then an administrative coordinator. This change was supposed to be a temporary steppingstone during my undergraduate degree, but this profession has turned into a real passion for me. From pharmaceutical to marketing and eventually landing in the financial field, I have learned a lot from this profession, and I enjoy every opportunity to learn and show my abilities.
I love this profession because it allows me to showcase my organizational and listening skills, my humanity, and my talent for organizing and handling priorities.
At the beginning of my professional life, I would have liked to have had someone to guide me through my career. I was fortunate to have a great manager early in my career to help me understand the dynamics of different types of businesses, she made me confident in my strengths and helped me work on my weaknesses. I would like to do the same for a junior assistant just starting out in the profession and possibly help them avoid a few pitfalls and ease their progression. Simply and humbly give back!
Executive Assistant - Ubisoft Entertainment
Following my studies in science (kinesiology), I had the opportunity of working for several companies such as Intrawest (Mont-Tremblant resort), the Montreal Exchange, Bauer Nike Hockey, Simpler Networks (a telecom start-up) and Ubisoft Entertainment. I have worked in marketing, communications, sales, legal and human resources departments and held roles from coordinator to manager.
I chose to be an Executive Assistant 10 years ago when I was offered the opportunity to assist the CEO of Ubisoft's Canadian studios. My desire to bring a wide range of experience to contribute to the success of a senior executive was a gamble at the time! Since then, my role and responsibilities have continued to evolve, I am constantly challenged... and I love it!
The assistant profession has evolved significantly over the past few years. For a second year, I would like to accompany a mentee in the expansion of his or her role to become a force of proposal/execution for a manager and his or her management team.