Jemma Buck was the recipient of the BCD 2016 Executive Assistant scholarship in Adelaide. Twelve months on, we caught up with Jemma for some reflections on her time as being a BCD member.
At a recent Executive Assistant networking event Jemma spoke about her experience in the Executive Assistant Membership where she stated “BCD opened doors for me I never even knew existed, let alone that I could walk through!”.
BCD caught up with Jemma for some reflections on her membership and the Scholarship process.
BCD: How did you first find out about the BCD Executive Assistant Scholarship?
Jemma: My boss forwarded the email to me and suggested I should apply.
BCD: Was the application process difficult?
Jemma: No, I simply submitted my resume with a detailed cover letter on why I would be an ideal candidate for the course.
BCD: What did you hope you would achieve from being a behind closed doors member?
Jemma: I hoped that it would help build my confidence, explore new processes for my role and have a place where I could openly discuss any difficulties or triumphs within my role.
BCD: What has been the number one benefit you have gained from being a part of behind closed doors professionally.
Jemma: I have moved from my previous role into a more diverse Office Management role.
BCD: What has been the number one benefit you have gained from being a part of behind closed doors personally.
Jemma: I have made some new friends who work in similar roles. It’s very valuable to me. People that just get it.
BCD: What advice would you give women who are considering applying for a scholarship?
Jemma: Behind Closed Doors is not only an opportunity to network with other Executive Assistant’s, it’s an opportunity to explore your goals, your next career move and learn new skills which will assist in your professional development. Behind Closed Door is a great platform for women to empower themselves and reflect on the privileged position they are in as an Executive Assistant.
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