How to Become a Personal Assistant


The life of a personal assistant is unpredictable by nature. You never know where you'll end up or who you'll be talking to. Do not underestimate this highly skilled profession. While good people skills and the ability to manage client schedules is a must, there's much more to it than that. A good personal assistant is a jack of all trades and may have to delve into various different disciplines to a high standard on a whim.

Are Your Ready for the Business?

Do you like meeting new people? Are you a good communicator? Do you feel comfortable throwing yourself into new situations and remaining liable for mistakes? If you've answered “Yes” to all of these questions, then read on. If you've answered “No” to any one of them, now is the time to rethink your career path and question whether or not working as a PA is right for you.
Required Roles

As stated above, a good PA will be a jack of all trades. Apart from performing basic administrative activities and secretarial duties, you may be required to perform accounting, arrange travels, meet and greet potential clients, entertain clients, clean the office, or even decide what your boss should wear! In short, you could be asked to do anything that will make the personal or working life of your client run smoother.

Industry Standard Training:

Most professional personal assistants will have had some form of industry standard training. While this isn't exactly a necessity, it is highly recommended if you want to boost your chances of employment. Having a qualification in business, office management or another similar discipline will usually suffice. To double your chances, some companies, such as Souters Training, offer PA courses in London that provide internationally recognized qualifications. Studying in the capital is also a great way to meet other like-minded people and network with potential employers.

Getting Work Experience:

To boost your chances of employment even further you could seek a work placement in conjunction with attaining a qualification. This will help you get some valuable experience on your CV while you're seeking the perfect role. Consider contacting local companies and ask them if you can volunteer in exchange for a reference. If you're currently unsure whether or not working as a PA will be right for you, dipping your toes in the industry will help you make a more concrete decision. You never know, you may even land a job afterwards.

Finding Jobs:

When you've got a qualification and/or some work experience behind you, start scouring the job sites. is a great starting point if you're based in the UK. Other options include Monster, Flexjobs and Indeed. Perhaps the most powerful job hunting tool, however, is the ability to network and build contacts. To succeed in the PA business you really need to be making contacts and retaining positive relationships at all times. If you strive to go the extra mile it'll not only reflect positively on your employer, but could land you a stronger position in the future. 

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