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How to become an Executive PA

Executive PA
avg. starting salary

For an Executive PA, no two days are ever the same… The main role of an Executive Personal Assistant (PA) is to provide support and guidance to a senior executive or company director. Essentially, you will help to run their life. You will manage every aspect of your manager’s day, from scheduling meetings and booking appointments, through to answering their phone and organising their correspondence. Other duties of an Executive PA will include the following:
  • Taking minutes
  • Arranging transportation, and other necessary logistics
  • Running professional and personal errands
  • Liaising with clients
  • Managing expenses

This position relies heavily on mindset, and is great if you consider yourself to be a people person. You will also need to be able to prioritise and work well under pressure, constantly adapting to the current needs of your employer. Some other key skills are:
  • Great organisational skills – scheduling, planning etc
  • A strong attention to detail
  • The ability to prioritise and use your own initiative
  • Excellent time management
  • The ability to multi-task



Up to £30,000

Executive PA

Up to £35,000

Executive Assistant

Up to £45,000

"I undertook a Souters Secretary PA Diploma, enabling me to study part-time, which meant I could fit my course around my previous job. There were not too many people in the class, which I liked, and I gained a strong comprehension of the role of a PA and practical work abilities, which was excellent given my lack of experience. I started to be considered for interviews for some great PA roles, and now work as an Executive Assistant at a major American Investment Bank. I couldn't be happier."

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