How to Become a PA

Become a PA

In our review of different careers we take a look at how to become a PA and the role of a PA in an organisation.

What Does a PA Do?

A personal assistant (PA) works directly for one individual in a company, usually a high-level manager, providing secretarial support and dealing with administrative tasks.

As a personal assistant, your day to day duties would be likely to include scheduling meetings, responding to emails, screening calls, writing letters, producing reports, making travel arrangements, taking notes at meetings and possibly managing other administrators.

The job of a personal assistant (PA) can be an extremely busy one as managers often rely on them very heavily. Working hours are usually between 9am to 5pm, but don't be surprised if you hear from your employer outside of these hours as you will generally know more about their life than they do. 

Is Becoming a PA Right For Me?

A good PA will need the following skills and attributes:

  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • The ability to work in an organised manner.
  • The ability to multi-task.
  • Attention to detail.
  • The ability to use your own initiative.
  • Tact and discretion.

How Much Can a PA Earn?

A PA will usually earn between £18,000 and £25,000.  However, you pay largely depends on what company you are working for and how valuable you become to the individual that you are working for. Some PA's earn up to £40,000 a year.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a PA?

There are no qualifications required to become a PA.  You need to demonstrate excellent communication and organisational skills and proven experience of administrative skills.  There are qualifications such as a level 2 diploma in business support that you can take in order to enhance your attractiveness to a prospective employer.