Career path

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Career path

With experience, progression can be rapid. PAs can work their way up to more senior posts with responsibility for junior staff. Promotion can be to PA for a more senior manager or in a larger or more prestigious company. Moves are also possible within the industry by developing the role, contacts and knowledge to move on from administration to other departments.

A PA can progress to an executive assistant (EA). This role combines the business-related role of the PA with the additional responsibility of organising a manager’s personal life. The salary is often higher than that of a PA but the hours may be longer and the role involves working very closely with a manager.


After gaining qualifications, skills and experience, personal assistants (PAs) can join a relevant professional body, such as the Institute of Administrative Management (IAM) , which can be useful for career development and can provide access to advice and continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities.

Full membership of the IAM (MInstAM) is open to anyone who meets one of the following requirements:

  • you have been employed for five years or more in any business where your duties involve administration or administration management;
  • you hold a Level 4 or 5 qualification in a relevant field;
  • you have completed 12 days of CPD in the last 3 years.

The IAM also offers student and affiliate membership for those in the early stages of their career.



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