We speak to a PA at one of the biggest property businesses in the world about her career. She provides some interesting advice for aspiring PAs.
What does your current role involve?
I am PA to four directors for a large global real estate advisor. On a day-to-day basis I look after their diaries, book travel and provide assistance with PowerPoint, Excel and other computer programmes as and when required. I also assist with various on-going projects – including updating the internal website, and helping to organise events.
What do you like about it?
Having good directors to work with is very important as they involve me in the work they do. For example, I can assist with some marketing projects, which is great. As it’s a global business, I also get to work with various people from around the world and book international travel.
How did you get to where you are now?
After graduating with a BSC in Human Sciences from UCL, I worked for a magazine as a Sales and Marketing Executive. This involved a variety of duties, ranging from selling advertising in the magazine to various marketing activities including assisting with the re-launch of the current website and attending conferences and networking events.
I then went to Australia for a year where my first job was as a PA to the Marketing Manager at ING, and from there went onto to a number of PA roles for a wide variety of companies including higher education, charities and IT organisations. Once I returned to the UK, I got a role for a charity as an Executive Assistant for the HR team.
What advice would you give to an aspiring PA?
In my experience having a good degree has certainly helped me get some of the roles I have had. Having a ‘can-do’ attitude is very important as it means you can get involved in different projects which will challenge and stretch you.
Most importantly, I have found that a good relationship with your director is crucial. A director who’s inclusive and gets you involved with more things will allow you to develop and be of benefit to your career in the long run.
A good relationship with your director is crucial. A director who’s inclusive and gets you involved with more things will allow you to develop and be of benefit to your career in the long run.
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