Most people think being a PA is an easy lifestyle with glamorous perks here and there. Whilst yes there are some parks to the job. It is certainly not an easy job. Depending on the company, industry, location and business leaders, the scope of an assistant or secretarial position can vary enormously.
If you want to be a great PA, you’ll need to sharpen up your skill set to a certain degree, but equally – get tough. You are organising someone’s life, you will make mistakes and they will get angry at you. You cannot break down and cry, they won’t tolerate behaviour like that and possibly fire you. It shows them that you cannot handle it.
We’ve highlighted some of the key qualities that will expedite your journey to becoming a successful PA:
In our lives, we will face challenges. By being resilient you will become an invaluable support to your team. By being a PA you will encounter many challenges and tricky situations. You will see yourself with tricky clients, managers, time sensitive projects and make-or-break presentations. Don’t take things personally. You will be in high pressure situations frequently. Don’t get down in the dumps when you do something wrong, or get shouted at. You need to have resilience.
You will be an essential person to a team, person or company. Your role is to help/ make someone’s life easier. Whether your simply making tea, or dashing for a lunch run. You need to have a good attitude. It’s not uncommon that you will receive little recognition. But when the weight of stresses starts to sway spirits, be assured your uplifting temperament will be sorely missed.
This job is 24/7. Travelling, long days, late nights, dog walking or personal shopping. The globe could be part of your day -to-day routine. If you want to be a successful PA you will have to accept jobs that are out of the ordinary. Without complaint.