How to become a senior content executive: Nikky's story

Meet Nikky and find out about her life as a senior content executive. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I studied dance and that, indirectly, give me a lot of the confidence that I need for my role today.

  • Nikky's job has many aspects to it, including managing social media posts, copywriting, campaign planning, digital marketing and community management

  • Whilst at college, she realised she wanted to work in media. After taking Media Studies at university, she was still unsure which part of media she wanted to work in. She realised social media was what she wanted to focus on after she managed the social media account for a bar she was working for

  • What Nikky studied in school has had a big impact on her current job. Maths, a subject she was very good at, comes into play when she's working with spreadsheets and Dance gave her a confidence that she's taken with her into the workplace

  • Top tips from Nikky is to be curious in your job role. If there's an aspect of the job you're not doing and want to try, ask if it'd be possible to get some experience in it. It worked for Nikky and now copywriting is part of her job role!

Nikky is a senior executive assistant. A similar role to a senior executive assistant is an editorial assistant. Editorial assistants provides support to all stages of the publication process for online content.

What to expect if you want to be an editorial assistant

  • Editorial assistant salary: £15,000 to £40,000 per year
  • Editorial assistant working hours: 37 to 39 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be an editorial assistant?

  • Typical entry requirements: You'll usually need five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English Language or two to three A-levels (or equivalent) for a degree related to English, Journalism and Media Studies. You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

Find out more on the Prospects website about the role of an editorial assistant.

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