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It is also possible for a PA to work for a wealthy family or individual, instead of for a corporation. If this is the case, the work of the PA may also cover home or personal life maintenance tasks, such as ensuring MOTs are up to date or hiring cleaners.
The job title for this kind of role, and its seniority, will vary according to the employer. In some organisations, the job titles personal assistant’ and executive assistant’ are interchangeable.
In others, an executive assistant is more senior than a personal assistant and will take on more responsibility, such as some corporate governance or team organisation work.
In some organisations, a PA role is an entry-level job; in others, it requires a great deal of experience and is paid accordingly.
Depending on the employer, too, a personal assistant role may be combined with that of an administrator or it may be a more senior position to which administrators can progress.
Note : a traditional title for a personal assistant job is personal secretary’, but this is now seen to be an old fashioned term and used only rarely.
Typical employers of PAs
As mentioned above, any organisation across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors can employ personal assistants, as can wealthy individuals or families.
Organisations may employ PAs directly or through a specialist recruitment agency.
Therefore, vacancies can typically be found via jobs boards, specialist recruitment agencies and via national and regional newspapers (in print and online).
Qualifications and training required
No formal academic qualifications are required as standard, although some employers may require candidates to have A level / highers and a small minority may prefer degrees.
If degrees are required, a degree in a communications, technology or business subject may be advantageous.
Employers sometimes require previous experience of administration or personal assistant work : often two years. This experience can often be gained via temping, which can, in turn, lead to permanent work.
It is possible to complete a secretarial course or diploma online or via further education colleges.