IYOTSA 2014: International Year of the Secretary and Administrative Assistant 2014!

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The Professional Association for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants (PAFSA) has designated 2014 as the International Year of the Secretary & Administrative Assistant (IYOTSA). The aim is to celebrate the profession, strengthen the ties of friendship with other organizations globally, and raise the standard, profile, and visibility of administrative roles in the workplace.

The vision is to change the world for all assistants throughout the year so they are better recognized for the work that they do. IYOTSA is not an inward exercise of self-congratulations but an opportunity for assistants, businesses, associations, and companies to support this sector and recognize this role as a profession.

Companies can participate in IYOTSA by agreeing to make sure every administrative professional, executive assistant, secretary, personal assistant, etc. will:

  1. Have a job description that accurately depicts their role
  2. Receive investments in their personal development (money or time to participate)
  3. Have the opportunity to network with peers

One fifth of the world’s working population works in administration. Take time this year to spread the word that the role of an assistant is an extremely important profession. In addition, take time to better your skills and abilities through additional education, training, conferences, and networking through professional organizations.

Some resources that may help you find information about organizations, conferences, and certifications for administrative positions include:


Throughout the next weeks we will discuss some of these resources more in depth.

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  1. Maria Isabel March 16, 2014

    It is nice to have our work recognized!




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