Graduate Personal Assistants Required

Posted 2 July by Ask Jules



Start: September 2019 or sooner at student’s home

Residential Status: "Live In" whilst on shift

We seek to recruit enthusiastic, outgoing individuals, preferably recent graduates or people with equivalent experience, to the posts of Live in Personal Assistant. To work for disabled students at university in student halls and on campus in Birmingham and other universities across the country. To provide academic and social support as well as their personal care.

We are looking for candidates interested in working in a university environment, This is an opportunity to support another student achieve their academic goals and experience independent living.

Ask Jules arrange full training, supervision and support for successful applicants.

This is a fantastic opportunity if:

  • you are a new graduate wanting time to plan your next career steps;
  • you are taking a gap year.

The personal competencies expected of all PAs are:

  • The ability to communicate clearly and tactfully using appropriate methods and have an awareness of the impact of your own communication on others;
  • Able to maintain positive relationships with all and able to work as an effective and flexible part of a team; willing to change methods of work and routines to benefit the student and team;
  • Willingness to accept responsibility for your own actions; the ability to prioritise effectively, meet deadlines and accept challenges.

The professional competencies expected of a Personal Assistant are:

  • Have the personality and presence required to carry out required duties effectively;
  • Have a good rapport with young people and act as a positive role model to them;
  • Be energetic, flexible and positive;
  • Be imaginative, articulate, adaptable and keen to make a difference;
  • Be supportive of the particular ethos and expectations of the student;
  • Be flexible and creative in approach.
  • Have a UK Driving Licence

You will work under the direction of the student with support and guidance of AskJules Ltd.

You will have access to and be responsible for confidential information and documentation and must ensure confidential or sensitive material is handled appropriately and accurately.

A non-exhaustive list of specific responsibilities for each role are shown below and you will be required to undertake other duties and responsibilities as may reasonably be required.

The student is a wheelchair user and employs PAs to help with all the things their disability prevents them from doing for themselves including personal care.

Specific Responsibilities

As a Personal Assistant, you will be required to:

  • Work closely with the student, undertaking duties on a rota basis with the other members of the team to include a variety of daytime, evening and overnight shifts including weekends;
  • Duties will include personal care, academic and social support;
  • Work with the team to ensure information and issues arising during your shift are correctly reported and followed-up;
  • Assist the student with administration tasks as required;
  • Provide 'on call’ cover for absent colleagues.
  • Occupy your accommodation and be on call for emergencies during the night (in line with your rota);
  • Assist in emergency evacuations in halls, if the situation arises, as instructed by the halls manager;
  • Encourage the student to engage in clubs/activities and societies;
  • Maintain good order, appearance and behaviour.
  • Establish a productive relationship with the student, acting as a role model and setting high expectations for their study and coursework;
  • Assist the student with the organisation of events and extra-curricular activities;
  • Support in note taking during lectures, seminars and meetings.

The exact duties will be agreed with the successful candidate to make best use of his/her skills and talents.

We are currently recruiting for graduates to work for students in The West Midlands studying a range of subjects including: -

  • Applied Sports Science
  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics & Politics
  • English and Media Studies
  • Film & TV studies
  • Film and Television
  • Football Studies and Business
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Journalism Studies and Media Production
  • Modern History
  • Music Production
  • Music Composition
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sport Journalism
  • Web Design and Development


The university academic year spans 30 to 42 weeks of which you be required to work a minimum of 15 weeks. You will be expected to be available to cover for sickness or absenteeism when required.

You will be expected to be available to work between 8 and 10 hours per day. You will be on call for the rest of the day with 4 hours of free time per day.

When on shift, you will reside in your designated accommodation for seven nights per week (dependent on your allocated work rota) during term-time.

You will not be required to sleep in overnight on your days/weeks off as the PA accommodation will be occupied by another Live-in PA.


The salary for this post will be £100 to £120 per day / £700 to £840 per week worked during term time. There may be the opportunity to work extra days/weeks at university or at home during the holidays.

Accommodation for use whilst on shift will be provided, free of charge.

Live In PAs will be expected to adopt appropriate attire during the university day and will be supplied with appropriate ID by the university. This must be worn at all times to ensure that university staff and lecturers are able to identify you as the student's support worker.

The dress code for the evenings and weekends is casual.

All applicants must be prepared to undergo screening to confirm their suitability to work with a disabled young person.

Required skills

  • Personal Care
  • Social Support
  • Note Taking
  • Universities

Application questions

Do you have a driving licence?
Do you have a criminal record?
Do you have a degree?

Reference: 38048091

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