So I have some big news to share with everyone today…. are you ready? Okay, well… I’ve just quit my job! *Gulp* On top of that I’ve just informed my landlord that I am moving out of my house *gulp gulp* and I’ve just told my friends and family I’m going to be moving out of London *sweaty palms*…

I don’t normally spend a huge amount of time talking specifically about myself on the blog, I’d much rather share my experiences and things I’ve learnt over the years but as I’m about to embark on a complete lifestyle change that some, yes you know who you are, have said is crazy I will take this blog to talk about me specifically and how my little career path has led to me moving to another country.

It all started a few months back when I went to Barcelona to see my friend who had moved over there last year. He owns a brilliant events consultancy which is expanding and bringing in business all the time and so after quite a few chats, some tapas and a few more drinks he offered me a role as executive assistant, office manager and overall organiser extraordinaire. Having read this blog, seen my social networking profile and following me for a bit he came to the conclusion I’d be a great fit for the company. It has taken most of this year for me to make a decision, lots of pros and cons lists were written and more talks with friends and family but the decision has finally been made and I will be moving to Barcelona on the 21st April to start a crazy new adventure.

It is amazing to think that having fallen into this wonderful job as an executive assistant, which you can read all about here, it has enabled me to up sticks and move to another country. We are so lucky that the skills we have are not just transferable to other industries but also completely different environments. Looking at my new job spec it really brings home the skills I have picked up over the years and how useful they will be now. Here are a few unusual highlights:

  • Managing budgets, tracking expenses and the first point of contact for the Inland Revenue when checking tax return discrepancies. This I first learnt to do while working at Deloitte, my first full time job in London. Working in a small office I’ll probably be asked to look after the company’s budgets, managing the relationship with our accountant and definitely track expenses. My brain may need jogging a little bit (a lot) but I know I have the skills there somewhere!
  • Writing content for marketing, communication, publications and sponsorship material in line with all branding and messaging while maintaining all company websites. I know I can do this, I’m doing it for my own website as I type… But I wouldn’t have really had this skill if I didn’t have the opportunity while working as an Account Manager at the ICAEW. A job so flexible I was able to take on so much creative work that I enjoyed immensely  and have strived to have in every role since!
  • Managing all organisational aspects of the twice yearly Business Assurance Forum,
    including venue co-ordination, joining instructions, delegate packs and further
    communication activities during and preceding the events. Who know this task would be instrumental in my decision to take this new role. I organised this event from start to finish about six times while I worked at Lloyd’s Register, it was my favourite thing to do and led to me working on an event in Holland and also the organisation of training courses and away days for the Executive Team at that company. I’ll now be working in the events industry full time…
  • Carry out all Companies House administration, including filing and searches. Having a good understanding of company law and the administrative tasks that are needed to maintain company records is again useful knowledge when working in a small company. It may not be hugely relevant in Spain but it will be when filling annual reports in the UK.

So for now I will be working my notice at my current company while trying desperately to fit all of my things into the three suitcases I have allowed myself to take on the flight. I can’t wait! I’m so grateful for the opportunity but I’m also unbelievably grateful that I did stumble onto this wonderful career path because being an Executive Assistant really can lead you anywhere.

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  • Dorah Shamte April 2, 2013   Reply →

    Congratulations!!! Most of the time we don”t know how worthy PAs are. We need to go through our daily tasks to understand how marketable one is.

  • Saba April 2, 2013   Reply →

    Wow Nicky – congratulations! This sounds like a great opportunity!! London is so wonderful but I moved away last September after having lived there for approx 4 years and getting tired of the busy lifestyle (read: rain). I really wish you all the best in your new adventure! I had to fit all my stuff into 1.5 suitcases so hopefully that’s encouraging 😉 Can’t wait to read all about your new adventure and the different challenges you’ll be facing.

    Those organisational skills will come in handy when planning good bye drinks/dinners/coffees/etc! Hope the next three weeks are a breeze!!


    PS It’s nice hearing about your life and I’m sure your other readers will like it too 🙂

    • Thanks so much Saba that means a lot, especially that I can get all my stuff in 3 suitcase if you managed it with 1.5!

  • AN April 3, 2013   Reply →

    Welcome to my city and all the luck!

  • Catherine April 3, 2013   Reply →

    Congratulations on a well-deserved opportunity!

  • Tracey April 3, 2013   Reply →

    Well done Nicky, wish you the best of luck in your new career and life. Hoping that you are still going to blog on PPPA always like to read your articles.

  • Silvina April 3, 2013   Reply →

    Congratulations! I’m sure you’ll do great 🙂
    Best of luck in this new job.

    PS: Do you speak Spanish?

  • Rachel April 3, 2013   Reply →

    A massive congratulations and I wish you all the luck in the world. You certainly sound like you have all the drive and gumption (love that word) necessary to make this opportunity an outstanding one. Go get ’em!!!

  • Auxie April 3, 2013   Reply →

    Wow congrats!! I’m sure you will enjoy it so much! Barcelona is a wonderful city as you already know…….awww I’m turning green of envy right now…. take me with you pleaseeeeeee! I can be your translator hahahahaha

    I am very happy for you, honestly!! I hope you will continue with the blog….??

  • Victoria April 4, 2013   Reply →

    Congratulations Nicky! How amazing, your blog is top notch, you were bound to be snapped up sooner or later! what an inspiration.

  • Kirane April 9, 2013   Reply →

    Hey Nicky!

    Congratulations Nicky!

    I´ve been working in Barcelona for now 5 years as an Executive Assistant and trust me, Barcelona is a great town!
    If you need any tips regarding the city please let me know.
    One good advice: Learning Catalan (the official language of Catalonia) is very good point and it helps to get integrated in the city and with the people.
    All the best!

    • Thanks Kirane, it would be great to meet up for a coffee when I am over – I think I’ll need all the tips I can get!

      I’m going to Spanish lessons as soon as I move over and hopefully will start Catalan by the end of the year or once I’m a lot more confident with my Spanish, which ever comes first!

      Nicky x

  • Lucy April 9, 2013   Reply →

    Congratulations!! Good luck, enjoy your new and exciting adventure x

  • Barbara Ayisi April 11, 2013   Reply →

    Hi Nicky,

    Inspiring reading your blog. I am working as a PA, but still at the start of my journey, your story makes me see how much is possible as a PA.

    Best of luckX

  • Kirane April 20, 2013   Reply →

    Hi Nicky,

    I would be very happy to meet you in Barcelona.

    Please feel free to contact me when you coming over.


  • Jen Que July 29, 2013   Reply →

    hey Nicki

    This was a really great opportunity you have taken on board. can you tell us how are you settling in? and how’s things going for you in Barcelona. I can foresee in the future that I might do the same “big move” as you did so I just want to get some insights on how to adjust to a new place and a new job at the same time
    Looking forward to hear from you.

  • Anonymous October 6, 2013   Reply →

    Congrats Nicky. It will definitely be an exciting path

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