You are a student and your studies are coming to an end or you already have a little professional experience, but want to start again? Assistance positions seem to be an extremely good way to work your way up to the top in a company. But how precise are the requirements and tasks for such a position and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Requirements for wizards

As an assistant, one is above all one thing: the link between the management and the departments below. This transferred power is not always easy to handle. After all, there are often disagreements, especially between these two parties, which may even be played out over your back. This means that you need to have a strong assertiveness within assistant positions, especially within. But other other soft skills are also extremely important for assistance positions:

  • Reliability
  • Commitment & willingness to work
  • independent work and analytical thinking
  • high load capacity
  • Organisational and planning talent
  • strong communication skills

Advantages and disadvantages of assistance positions

Many companies now assign assistant positions at board or management level, which usually also include a good starting salary.

Assistance positions mean, above all, the preparation of decisions and the collection and evaluating of important data, as well as the keeping of the minutes and subsequent participation in important decision-making meetings. In addition, this also includes:

  • Creating analyses
  • Planning and implementation of own projects
  • Supervision and controlling of other projects
  • Support and advice on strategy issues
  • Participation in development processes
  • Planning appointments and travel

These many tasks, of course, mean a lot of responsibility, which entails some advantages and disadvantages.


  • usually no work experience required
  • Getting to know the whole company
  • Possibility to make many contacts
  • Insight into many different departments and areas
  • often good entry-level salaries
  • then good chances of promotion


  • above-average commitment
  • high working pressure
  • great responsibility
  • often many hours of overtime
  • time flexibility
  • intensive observation and great competition


Assistance positions are an ideal way to learn and are therefore an ideal career springboard for many. Provided, of course, that the work on the management process is as harmonious as possible. After all, if you get along well with your manager, it is easier to climb the career ladder.

But of course you should also be careful, because as an extended arm of the powerful management you also like to stand between the chairs and need talent to maneuver as tactfully as possible out of such situations. They must therefore be able to take their own position in this triangle without stumbling out of the other parties. If you don’t succeed, your springboard can quickly become a career kink.

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