A personal assistant supports their employer in doing various individual administrative tasks.
Who can I work for?
Managers of personal assistants will usually have senior positions in large companies, and will rely on them heavily to deal with their secretarial jobs so they can use their time more efficiently.
Where and when can I work?
You will usually work standard office hours, although sometimes part time work can be found. A wide variety of workplaces hire personal assistants.
What can I earn?
Beginning as a personal assistant your salary can range from £18,000 to £25,000 a year. Salaries in bigger organisations are significantly larger, with several years of experience you could earn around to £35,000 a year.
What are the benefits?
The work varies hugely from day to day. Working with your manager on a one-to-one basis can also be very satisfying.
Are there chances of promotion?
Transferring to a larger company or even into management can provide a better salary.
What will I be responsible for?
Your responsibilities can vary according to the needs of your employer. They could include arranging their diary, scheduling their appointments and meetings, replying to emails and post, project work or organising travel plans.
What qualifications do I need?
Employers will expect a good secondary school qualification. Alongside this, there are several courses in business administration, which can make your CV more attractive. (e.g. the BTEC National Certificate /Diploma, the NVQ Certificate and Diploma, the City & Guilds Certificate). Having other qualifications from secretarial courses will give you an advantage.
Do I need any experience?
Experience in some kind of clerical work is generally preferred but not always essential.
What attributes are needed?
A personal assistant should be flexible, organised and have a good ability to multitask. They should also and have confidence using different computer systems and good communication skills.