How to Become a Personal Assistant (PA)
Are you intrigued about becoming a personal assistant or executive assistant (PA/EA)? A PA is someone who manages the day to day activities of their employer. The duties of a personal assistant can run the gamut.
Keeping schedules and answering phones are just some of the duties of a PA. Other tasks could include picking up dry-cleaning or even shuttling your employer’s children to soccer practice. It really depends upon your employer. Many people aspire to be a personal assistant to a celebrity, but it’s not always glamorous work. PA duties can mirror those of an administrative assistant, however often your day will be more unpredictable and varied.
There is skill involved in becoming a PA. Are you organised? Do you pay attention to detail? Are you patient? Those are some of the top qualities you’ll need to possess or develop. You also need to be able to think on your feet, and work well under pressure. Still interested? Long hours may be involved, your work environment could vary from an office to your employer’s home, and you may need to travel often. Being a personal assistant can be a very rewarding job if you have the skills that it takes.
There are several short courses you can take to help you become a PA. Starting with a Business Administration course is another great pathway. TAFE has several courses you may be interested in taking, for example. Many PAs start off working in office administration, as this background can refine the organisation skills and expertise you’ll need as a PA.
Attending the Corporate PA Summit event is also another great option if you’re looking for networking opportunities, and to talk with other PAs about their own journeys. You’ll be inspired by and learn from the best in the business.