The daily life of anyone who has managed to secure themselves a PA job is certainly never dull! The main role of a PA has certainly changed over the last few years and PAs are now regarded as being practically the lynchpin of the management suite.
A good PA will not just organise their manager’s diary, but also ensure that calls are screened and that time is set aside not just for meetings, but to carry out essential duties. PAs also act as a buffer zone between all those people who want to meet the boss or take up his/her time and it is often said that a good PA is practically worth their weight in gold.
Highs include successfully ensuring that difficult situations are dealt with appropriately, which often requires really quick thinking and even quicker actions, to ensure that the whole management office runs like clockwork. PAs are also expected to be able to balance often demanding and conflicting demands on their time and when faced with these kinds of situations and having dealt with them appropriately, there really is a great high of job satisfaction. Usually, promotion prospects are quite good as well, so anyone who bags themselves a pa job, could find themselves in the role of an executive PA in a very short space of time.
The lows of being a PA? Well mostly the lows relate to working under pressure, making important decisions on your own initiative and often being the one person who seems to be juggling about 10 balls in the air! But even this kind of pressure can be a real high, because if you are ambitious, flexible and reliable, able to cope with a reasonable amount of pressure and still appear unflappable, then you will be not just a good PA but an excellent PA. And it is a field that offers you the scope to really demonstrate and then exploit your potential, which is quite rare in the employment field currently!