This guest blog from Greycoat Lumleys explains the demands placed on the modern PA and how the role is continuously busy, ever-evolving and diverse.
No two days are ever the same for a PA as they delicately juggle their employer’s administrative, personal, and professional lives in a manner that ensures they reach their goals with flexibility, proactivity and the highest levels of professionalism.
They will always act with all the necessary characteristics of tact and discretion and possess excellent problem-solving, organisational and time management skills.
So, what are these top three skills every excellent PA should possess?
1. Being ahead of the game
You could say that a PAs chief role is to take the workload off their employer and manage and organise it in a way that allows the employers more time to focus on other things by lightening their burden.
This is a powerful and responsible position to be in and as a result the most efficient PA must be able to anticipate and premeditate their employer’s needs.
This demands precise judgment to be adept at anticipating your employer’s needs and priorities.
2. Always finding a way
As a modern PA you will often act as your employer’s spokesperson and your words and actions are an extension of theirs.
You will be inextricably bound in the most important professional and personal concerns of their day and any employer will expect that you always find a way as they would.
3. Open to change
An excellent PAs openness to change can be seen through their ability to multi-task and adopt a flexible approach, but it is much more than that.
A high-level PA will be challenged every day with an immense work schedule that even the most adept multi-tasking, organised and meticulous PA will find daunting.
The only way to stay at the top of the game is to have the flexible approach, a willingness to change and continuously learn new skills on the job to meet the evolving demands of the role.