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Key strenghts

  • exceptional written and oral communication skills;
  • excellent word processing and IT skills, including knowledge of a range of software packages;
  • ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines;
  • good organisational and time management skills;
  • ability to research, digest, analyse and present material clearly and concisely;
  • excellent interpersonal skills;
  • ability to work on your own initiative;
  • honesty and reliability;
  • attention to detail;
  • flexibility and adaptability to juggle a range of different tasks and to work extra hours to meet deadlines;
  • discretion and an understanding of confidentiality issues.




Although this area of work is open to all graduates and those with a HND, a degree in business or management may increase your chances. Some subjects are more relevant for certain industries, e.g. English literature for publishing; law for legal work.

For HND holders, the following subjects may increase your chances:

  • secretarial studies;
  • business;
  • administration;

Entry without a degree or HND/foundation degree is possible as personal qualities, experience and general office skills are generally considered more important.

GCSE English and mathematics (or equivalent) are standard entry requirements for many positions. A qualification in IT may also be required.



Most positions will require a minimum of two years’ relevant experience, which will generally have been gained in a more junior secretarial or administrative role. Working as a temp, either during or after your studies, can provide the opportunity to acquire office experience and develop higher-level secretarial skills. Many personal assistants (PAs) will have worked their way up from office junior and general secretarial roles.

To work as a PA, you should have proven experience of administrative work, such as:

  • office administrator,
  • secretary,
  • receptionist,
  • office manager.


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